We offer instruction in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido in Harrisonburg VA. We are affiliated with the North American San Shin Kai.
Iaido involves the practice of solo kata using an iaito (metal alloy practice sword). A shinken (traditional samurai steel sword with sharpened edge) may be used by more advanced students. Practice also involves kumitachi, paired exercises using bokuto (wooden swords), and tameshigiri, cutting bamboo or straw mat rolls using shinken. Iaido training develops awareness, concentration, and discipline.

The instructor is Brian Kelley.

Here is more information on Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido:

Muso Shinden Ryu Kata List
You can learn more about history, terminolgy and care of Japanese swords at Richard Stein’s web site for collectors: The Japanese Sword Index.

Good sources of quality iaito (metal alloy practice swords) and shinken (sharp steel traditional blades) are Budogu and Sword Store.

View Iaido class schedule.