Our classes are based on our philosophy of developing a students mind, body and spirit through structured lessons teaching preparation and etiquette (saho and reiho), fundamentals (kihon), techniques (waza) and kumitachi (crossing swords).

The study of our art does not end with a 'black belt' grading. As Iaidoka (students of Iaido) we strive to perfect our techniques over a lifetime of dedication and commitment understanding that we can always be better tomorrow than we are today.

Classes

Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 08.30 - 10.30 throughout the year at our Dojo in Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.

 

For more information call Sensei Scott on 07472 374881.

Costs

Lessons cost £5.00 per session an initial trial class is offered free.

Equipment

Initially you'll only need loose clothing, a bokken (wooden sword) will be provided at the class.

As you progress you'll need to consider purchasing the following items:

  • Shitagi set (Iaido Gi and undershirt);

  • Hakama (pleated trousers);

  • Obi (belt);

  • Knee pads;

  • Bokken; 

  • Saya (scabbard); and

  • Sageo (fastening cord).

Eventually you may also want to purchase an Iaito (blunt edge katana).

Our dojo does not train with live edge weapons (shinken).

Curriculum

Our core curriculum from which all students are taught and graded is as follows:

Saho and Reiho (Preparation and Etiquette):

  • Teito (Carrying the sword);

  • Hairei (Bowing to the Dojo/Founder);

  • Shirei (Bowing to the Instructor);

  • Torei (Bowing to the sword);

  • Taito (Wearing the sword);

  • Tachi Rei (Standing bow); and

  • Datto (Removing the sword).

Kihon (Fundamentals):

  • Tsuka no Nigiri Kata (Gripping the handle);

  • Koiguchi no kirikata (Opening the carps mouth);

  • Nukitsuke (Drawing cut - known as the life of Iai);

  • Furikaburi (Raising the sword);

  • Kirioroshi (Downward cut);

  • Te no Uchi (Cutting technique);

  • Chiburi (Blood removal); and

  • Noto (Sheathing the sword).

Waza (Techniques)

  • Happo-Giri (Eight direction cutting drill)

  • Shoden  waza (Initial level seated techniques);

  • Batto-Ho Shoden (Initial level military techniques);

  • Chuden Tatehiza waza (Middle level standing knee techniques);

  • Chuden Hayanuki (Rapid practice exercises);

  • Okuden Tachiwaza (Deep level standing techniques);

  • Okuden Suwariwaza (Deep level crouching techniques); and

  • Batto-Ho Okoden. (Deep level military techniques)

Kumitachi (Crossing swords)

  • Tachiuchi no Kurai (Sword striking patterns);

  • Batto-Ho Kumitachi (Military crossing swords);

  • Tachiuchi no Kata (Pattern variations);

  • Tsumeai no Kurai (Close quarters patterns); and

  • Okuden Kumitachi (Deep level crossing swords).

Additional activities in complimentary arts are offered when and where available only under qualified instruction.