The instructor Iaido and Jujutsu Instructor: Sensei Matthew Hawthorne
The sword is one of the most recognized weapons of Japanese Martial Arts and is said to represent the Samurai Spirit.
This class focuses on the style known as Yamaguchi-ha Toyama-ryu Battojutsu. You will learn the proper ways to hold the sword, the proper stances (kamae) for use with the sword, sword basics (kihon), and a variety of sword kata.
Certain equipment is required to be purchased as students will eventually need and want to have their own iai obi (sword belt), bokken with saya (wooden sword with sheath), and eventually an iai-to (dull practice metal sword, usually aluminum or stainless steel). Some equipment is available for those who want to give it a try first.
Wearing of a hakama (traditional pleated trousers) is not required but is encouraged. Equipment can be purchased through the Dojo, or advice can be given if you want to find one yourself.
Use of an iai-to or shinken (live blade) requires prior instructor approval.
All students must have permission to join this class as we must be careful with whom this information is shared.