Iaido: Way of the sword

Iaido is the art of the Japanese sword. Unlike, for example, Kendo which centres around two man sparring with wooden weapons, Iaido is about drawing the sword, performing perfect cuts with awareness and poise and understanding the meanings and application of every sword stroke.

Iaido has always been a tertiary art of our Ryu and one that is often demonstrated on our seminars.

Here follows some of our chief instructors’ credentials:

David Keegan (Bushinkai Tai Chi headmaster) 

  • Has studied Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido with a number of masters including Kenji Tose, Hara and Yoshida as well as Hanshi Tattersall and Sensei Noissier
  • Performed Iaido at Manchester Japanese Festival
  • Also a Yang style sword teacher (Chinese Jian straightsword). Performed sword forms in front of the mayor of Shanghai and won trophies in national competition

Simon Keegan (Bushinkai Karate/Jujutsu headteacher)

  • Has studied Japanese swords for over 25 years
  • In 1999 finished second in the UK for weapons forms with the Katana
  • Studied Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido forms with an instructor whose teacher studied with the headmaster of the style and of Shindo Muso Ryu.
Bushinkai head Simon in 2002 studying the Japanese koryu of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

Bushinkai head Simon in 2002 studying the Japanese koryu of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

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