Weapons, Iaido and Iaijutsu

Weapons, Iaido and Iaijutsu Classes
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).

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.

● FOR WHO Weapons, Iaido and Iaijutsu 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, Weapons, Iaido and Iaijutsu 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.

When and where are the classes held?

  • Weapons (bokken and jo) classes and Iaido and Iaijutsu 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 is canceled that day. If due to bad weather classes cannot be held outdoors, then classes at the dojo are reinstated.

D, Z

9:30 - 10:30 am
D, Z

10:45 - 11:45 am
D, Z

11:15 - 12:15 am
D, Z

6:00 - 7:00 pm
D, Z

6:00 - 7:00 pm
D, Z

7:15 - 8:15 pm
D = at dojo, Z = Zoom, HP = outdoors at High Park

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. To participate you need to register by following the instructions below.

How do I register for classes?

To register for classes or to try a free class please complete each of the 3 steps in this section.

  1. Provide your contact information by filling and submitting the Registration Form below.
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    Registration Form
    Name: *
    Date of Birth: *
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    Home Address:
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  2. Download this Waiver.

  3. Electronically complete the waiver, save it and email it to:
    Please note the waiver cannot be filled online. It must be downloaded to be filled properly.

Once we have received the above information and the Waiver we will send you further instructions.

What should I wear and bring for a class?

  • For classes at the dojo: appropriate clothing, such as a martial arts uniform if you have one, or gym or comfortable clothes if you don’t.
    Shorts are not allowed.
    We have some spare uniforms for visitors and also sell uniforms at the dojo.

  • For classes outdoors: A uniform is not required for classes outdoors.

  • A water bottle.

  • Wearing a face masks is optional.

What should I expect when arriving for a class?

  • Before joining a class you will be required to sanitize your hands and if at the dojo, your feet as well.

I am interested in starting. How much does it cost?

There are 3 options:
1. Only Weapons
2. Only one of Iaido or Iaijutsu or both Iaido and Iaijutsu (Iai)
3. Weapons and Iaido and Iaijutsu (Weapons and Iai).

The following are the costs for these classes.

or Iai
1 month 3 months6 months9 months12 months
Adults $ 70 $ 205 $ 395 $ 585 $ 780
Youth $ 60 $ 175 $ 340 $ 505 $ 675

and Iai
1 month 3 months6 months9 months12 months
Adults $ 95 $ 275 $ 540 $ 805 $ 1055
Youth $ 75 $ 215 $ 425 $ 620 $ 810

Payment can be made
  • in cash or by cheque at the dojo,
  • by e-transfer to or
  • through Paypal or a credit card by using the "Donate" button below.

Please note:
Most of the time the Paypal process works just fine, but, every now and then it fails.
We have found that this is not a problem with the button above but with Paypal itself.
If you encounter this problem, the fix that has worked in every instance is to try again later. Apologies beforehand for the inconvenience if you encounter this erratic behaviour.

Do you have additional questions?

We'll be happy to answer all your questions.
Please Contact Us.

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