Beginner Iaido, Iaijutsu and Weapons

Program Description

Iaido (pronounced ee-eye-do) is the traditional Japanese martial art of swordsmanship. It focuses on methods of drawing and cutting with the sword. There is no contact in Iaido - it is performed solo and helps develop mental discipline and physical skills through the practice and perfection of forms called kata. The kata, consisting of sequences of movements that evolved from battlefield techniques of feudal Japan, are executed against one or multiple imagined opponents. We study and practice the curriculum of the Muso Shinden Ryu style of Iaido as established by Mitsunari Kanai Sensei.

Iaijutsu is a quick-draw sword art, part of the Ryushin Shouchi Ryu, a school of kobudo or ancient martial arts. This system originated from traditional Japanese swordsmanship techniques that have been transmitted over hundreds of years, distilling the wisdom, discipline and determination of generations of masters.The current headmaster of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu is Kunikazu Yahagi Soke.

Weapons practice is part of the Aikido curriculum but can be practiced independently of Aikido body arts. Practice takes place with bokken (wooden sword), jo (wooden staff) and tanto (wooden knife), and focuses both on solo practice (e.g. bokken suburi, jo suburi) and practice with one or more partners (e.g. kumi tachi, kumi jo).

● FOR WHO Iaido, Iaijutsu and Weapons practice are suitable for practitioners with or without previous experience, and whether or not also enrolled in Aikido body arts practice.
● BENEFITS Among many other benefits, Iaido, Iaijutsu and Weapons practice sharpen reflexes, enhances coordination, improve body alignment and promotes relaxation. And of course they are a fun and excellent way to learn Japanese martial arts.

How do I join?

Joining the Beginner Iaido, Iaijutsu and Weapons Program is really easy and consists of 3 steps:

  1. Registration
    Register by completing this REGISTRATION FORM.
    When we receive it we will send you a confirmation email with additional instructions and an invitation to a free trial class.


  2. Trial class
    Come to the dojo for a no-obligation free trial class.

  3. Payment
    If you want to continue you make a payment and join the dojo.

How much does it cost?

For a limited time we are offering a PROMOTIONAL RATE that includes:

  • 3 months of unlimited Iaido and Iaijutsu and Weapons classes
  • A free Aikido uniform (while supplies last)
  • All for $200 (regular price $320 plus cost of uniform)
  • Note: The promotional rate includes Iaido, Iaijutsu and Weapons classes, but you can choose to attend only 1 or 2 of them if you prefer.
  • Regular fees apply after the 3 month Promotional Rate period.

Payment can be made
  • in cash or by cheque at the dojo,
  • by e-transfer to torontoaikikai[at]gmail.com, or
  • through Paypal or a credit card with the button below.


Please note:
  • Please do not send payment via Paypal to the email address above as it only works for e-transfers. For payments with Paypal or with a credit card please use the button above. Thanks.

Additional Information and FAQs

  • When and where are the classes held?
    Iaido, Iaijutsu and Weapons (bokken and jo) classes take place at the dojo as per the schedule below.
    On the first Saturday of the month Weapons classes take place outdoors at High Park from 10:00 to 11:30 am and the Iaido class at the dojo is canceled that day. If due to bad weather classes cannot be held outdoors, then classes at the dojo are reinstated.

    MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
    IAIDO

    Eric
    9:30-10:30 am
    CHILDREN

    Joe, Kelly
    9:30-10:15 am
    WEAPONS

    Sensei
    10:45-11:45 am
    AIKIDO

    Joel
    10:30-11:30 am
    CHILDREN

    Joe, Roxana
    5:00-5:45 pm
    YOUTH

    Joel
    4:45-5:45 pm
    AIKIDO

    Sensei
    12:00-1:00 pm
    IAIJUTSU

    Joel
    11:45- 1:00 pm
    IAIDO

    Eric
    6:00-7:00 pm
    WEAPONS

    Sensei
    6:00-7:00 pm
    IAIDO

    Sensei/Yelitza
    6:00-7:00 pm
    AIKIDO

    Eric
    6:00-7:00 pm
    YOUTH

    Alireza
    5:45-6:45 pm
    AIKIDO

    Sensei
    7:15-8:15 pm
    AIKIDO

    Yelitza
    7:15-8:15 pm
    AIKIDO

    Sensei
    7:15-8:15 pm
    AIKIDO

    Yelitza
    7:15-8:15 pm
    AIKIDO

    Alireza
    7:00-8:00 pm



  • Can I visit the dojo to observe a class?
    Yes. You do not need an appointment to observe any of our classes.


  • Can I try a free class ?
    Yes. Please register by following the instructions above.


  • What should I wear and bring for the trial class?
    Comfortable clothes or gym clothes, but no shorts please.
    We may be able to lend you a visitor uniform for the day if we have one in your size.


  • Is a uniform required?
    After joining the dojo you will require a white martial arts uniform and a pair of sandals for walking within the dojo while off the mat.


  • Are there COVID-19 related requirements?
    We follow standard safety protocols.
    Wearing a face mask at the dojo is optional.


  • What should I expect when arriving for a class?
    Practice on the mat is barefoot.
    Before joining a class you will be required to sanitize your hands and feet.


  • Is this the right program for me?
    To help you decide, the following table shows what is included in each of the Promotion Programs.

    PROGRAM Includes
    Aikido?
    Includes
    Weapons?
    Includes
    Iaido?
    Includes
    Iaijutsu?
    Aikido Yes Yes No No
    Aikido and Iaido Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Iaido / Weapons No Yes Yes Yes


  • Do you have additional questions?
    We'll be happy to answer them.
    Please contact us.



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