Learn to be a Samurai with an Iaido master

Become a samurai warrior in this authentic iado swordmanship workshop in Tokyo. Learn the history and fundamental steps to mugairyu-style iado, a peaceful martial art based off the sword-skills of Japan’s most famous warriors. Then try your new-found skills out for yourself in our tameshigiri cutting exercise, a 400-year old practice using straw tatami mats to demonstrate your sword-skills.

Afterwards be dazzled by a professional demonstration by the iado instructors and discover ancient weapons used in Japan’s Sengoku Warring States period (14th-17th century).
* Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
* Starts: Shinano-machi, Japan
* Trip Category: Classes & Workshops >> Sports Lessons




Become a samurai warrior in this authentic iado swordmanship workshop in Tokyo. Learn the history and fundamental steps to mugairyu-style iado, a peaceful martial art based off the sword-skills of Japan’s most famous warriors. Then try your new-found skills out for yourself in our tameshigiri cutting exercise, a 400-year old practice using straw tatami mats to demonstrate your sword-skills.

Afterwards be dazzled by a professional demonstration by the iado instructors and discover ancient weapons used in Japan’s Sengoku Warring States period (14th-17th century).

Itinerary

In this program, you will learn the basic techniques of iaido, the closest remaining martial art to ancient samurai swordmanship.

To begin, you will be fitted into the conventional iaido ensemble and taught the fundamental steps to mugairyu-style iado. Mugairyu-style iaido has existed since the late seventeenth century and is a peaceful form of sword-work that focuses on enriching your soul and training your mental and physical strength.

After training, your instructor will teach you the art of tameshigiri cutting. This exercise uses tatami mats made of straw to demonstrate your sword skills without the fear of hurting an opponent. It has been practiced since the early seventeenth century as a mean of testing the quality of Japanese swords and is an excellent way to blow off steam!

During training, you will have the opportunity to experience a real life samurai-style sword from the fifteenth century and learn all about the history of the martial art from your instructors.The coaches will also perform a professional iaido performance, so you can see what years of iaido training culminates in.