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Iaido: Japanese Swordsmanship
Achieve Self-Mastery with
Iaido: Japanese Swordsmanship

- Thursdays 7:15-8:45pm - $60 Shoreline resident; $70 non-resident
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (members only) - Thursdays 7:15-8:45pm & Saturdays 1:30-3:00pm - On-going
Spartan Rec Center (18560 First Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98133)
Call 206-801-2600 for registration information.

The Relevance of Swordsmanship in the Modern World  
Japanese sword arts involve many styles of practice with either a real sword or an edge-less practice sword called "mogito."  Iaido and its relative Kendo are highly regarded in Japan as traditional skills that pass down the spiritual heritage of that country's swordsmen.  Modern Iaido combines traditional techniques with beautiful self-control to reveal a profound philosophy of non-violence and fundamental truths about the human condition and the nature of conflict.  Iaido training leads to the discovery of how to harness one's whole human ability, and includes valuable lessons concerning how to live "a live worth living."  In order to use the sword correctly and well, Iaido practitioners must master the ego, train the body, and forge the spirit.  One of the highest goals of modern Iaido is the realization of Ki-Ken-Tai-Ichi, a unity of Spirit, Sword, and Body.  Iaido practitioners strive to live with dignity and calmness, and use the techniques of quick-draw swordsmanship to study what self-mastery really means. 

Modern Iaido is a non-combative martial discipline of the highest order, requiring the utmost in mental alertness and self-discipline.  The techniques and forms offer elegant solutions to combative situations, but the goal for the modern exponent remains a discovery of Katsu-jinken, the sword that gives life.  Literally this means to seize the initiative in a contest to the death, but it can also mean to use the sword to reveal that which can be polished and perfected in the human character.  What could be more relevant to the modern age?

Beginners are Welcome
Try a class for free!  We want to make sure that our Iaido club is a good fit for you.  Don't be surprised at seeing lots of people in uniforms: everyone trains together.   Once we get started, beginners work to one side with an experienced instructor.  You don't need a uniform to start. Long sweat pants and a t-shirt are recommended.   We'll walk you through warm-up and mind-body coordination exercises, then how to comfortably and safely perform a basic draw and overhead cut.  You'll also learn some of the sword techniques used in ineternational grading and competitions. 

If you want to learn more, register with Shoreline Parks and Recreation (tel.206-801-2600 - more information on our Schedule & Location page).  
Aishinkai class fees are deliberately kept low in order to make the arts as accessible as possible.  Beginner Iaido classes cost about $60 for one classes a week for about two months (actual course fees are determined by Shoreline Parks and Recreation).  All necessary equipment is provided by the AiShinKai, including weapons.  

To be eligible for rank accreditation, private and small group instruction, and assistance with equipment, you'll need to join the dojo with annual
Aishinkai membership dues ($75 adults; $35 child - more information on the Membership/Service/Links page).   Upon joining, you'll be invited to schedule a free private lesson at our headquarters in Edmonds.  It's a great chance to get oriented and discuss your personal goals with Bannister Sensei.

Iaido Class Format
Classes begin with
formal etiquette as we prepare for regular  practice, followewd by Meditation, Breathing and Mind-Body Coordination Exercises suited to achieving self-mastery in swordsmanship.  AiShin-Ryu Aiki-ken/Aiki-jo kata are studied next to warm up, center, to study timing and distance control, and contemplate combative strategy.  The transition to Iaido practice commences with basic sword exercises to study footwork, correct principles of swordsmanship, and mind-body unification.  Training then shifts to the main work, the study of Iaido Japanese sword forms that respond to specific combative situations.  The Aishinkai Iaido curriculum includes:

AiShin-Ryu Aiki-ken/Aiki-jo
All Japan Kendo Federation Iai
Seitei Gata - 12 techniques

Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido: Omori-ryu, Hasegawa Eishin Ryu, Oku-Iai tatehiza-no-bu and tachi-waza

AiShin-Ryu Aik-ken/Aiki-Jo kata and forms provide the combative experience necessary to understand proper timing and distance. 

Practice sessions conclude with Meditation and a formal closing etiquette.

BEGINNER SPECIAL - Thursdays 7:15-8:45pm - $60 Shoreline resident; $70 non-resident
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED (members only) - Thursdays 7:15-8:45pm & Saturdays 1:30-3:00pm - On-going
Spartan Rec Center (18560 First Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98133)
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