What you'll do
In this lesson, you can experience iai, kendo (gekken) and tameshigiri (test cutting performed on rolled up straw mats) at one time. These three disciplines make up what is called kenjutsu (swordmanship). In iai students learn how to handle the katana. In gekken students learn how to face an opponent. In batto students learn correct cutting methods. When students arrive at the dojo they will change into a traditional training uniform called a keikogi. First,students will learn the basic history of Japanese swords and how they are manufactured. Students will also actually disassemble a sword to deepen their understanding of its parts. During the iai lesson, students will learn proper sword etiquette, and the basics of handling and swinging a sword. Next, using a bokuto students will learn how to use the sori (curve) and shinogi (center ridge) of the sword. After that, students will learn about offense and defense when facing an opponent using a padded gekken sparring practice sword in a mock duel. Lastly, students will be able to try test cutting .Each student will have the chance to try cutting two rolled up straw mats.Correct angle will result in a cut with no resistance to the blade. Once a student has completed the above three basic disciplines, they will receive a certificate of completion from Toyama Bizenkai. Please take this experience home as a memory of Japan.
Keikogi (Practice uniform)/Mogito (Blunt Practice Sword)/ Bokuto (Wooden Sword) / Shinai (Sparring Practice Sword) / Nihonto…
I am an instructor at Zen Nihon Toyama Iaido Renmei (ZNTIR)’s headquarters as well as a practitioner of horseback archery called yabusame. Classes are conducted by me, who holds the rank of 6th degree instructor . I have 22 years of experience in both swordsmanship and yabusame. I work towards promoting and transmitting authentic Japanese culture to the world and future generations. The experiences I provide are not a form of entertainment or performance. There are many instances were groups or teachers take advantage of foreign visitors’ lack of knowledge about Japanese culture and provide them with a pseudo experience. I sincerely believe this is wrong and teach only teach authentic Japanese Swordsmanship and spirit. For those who wish to have a proper experience, or want to study authentic kenjutsu, please come join one of my lesson.
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Where you'll be
The Toyama school of swordsmanship was originally taught by the old Japanese army and was the last kenjutsu to be used in actual combat. It was developed by combining the specialties of various sword schools. Under normal circumstances, this type of thing would never have happened. You can experience it at the honbu dojo (headquarters). Please come even if you have already had a samurai or ninja experience.
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Mon, 23rd Sep From 10:00 to 12:00.
$102 per person
10 of 10 spots left
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
You are to handle sharp cutlery during lesson, please do not drink alcohol before coming to dojo.
Comprehensive swordsmanship course !