We practice traditional Japanese sword in the Bilborough area of Nottingham. We are always open to new members, whether they have previous martial arts experience or not. At our dojo (club) we emphasise the importance of correct body movement and technique along with good etiquette. This helps to make for strong, effective and dynamic Iaido. This is something that you may not find elsewhere.
Both beginners and experienced martial artists are welcome to practice and train with us. It is not our policy that the individual practices this art exclusively, all that we ask is that you have a genuine interest and that you would like to learn a classical Japanese martial art that is a "koryu" (old school ways and traditions) at a dojo that is run along traditional lines.
The art of Iaido involves drawing the Japanese katana (which some people refer to as the Samurai sword) from its scabbard for a range of situations. These can include single or multiple opponents, with the intention of cutting an adversary before returning the katana back to its scabbard and its original starting position. Practice involves one of two ways; either with a partner and using a wooden practice sword known as a bokken, or individually using a metal bladed sword called an Iaito. The movements are performed with control and mindfulness and an observance of social and sword etiquette. It takes many years to learn and a lifetime's study to attempt to perfect.
Our particular school of Iaido can trace its origins back over four hundred years and teaches the techniques that were actually used in combat by the warrior class of Japan (Samurai). Some scholars have described Iaido as moving Zen because apart from its physicality it has a philosophical and spiritual dimension.
Please click on the "Training - Time and Place" link for details of where and when we train.
Please note that we will only accept students that are above 18 years old.
If you are interested please call Craig on 07568 337238.