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June 7th 2008 - Otani Day

A Day to celebrate the the life of Otani Tomio Hanshi. To Be held at the Yodokan Honbu in Abercarn Wales.

July 12th 2008 - Tenshin Ryu Seminar
Tenshin Ryu Iaido and Iaijutsu seminar to be held in Croydon, London

October 18th 2008 - Budo Course

  2nd Anniversary of the Yodokan Association and Budo course to be held in Croydon, London.
arrow November 15th 2008 - Winter Budo Course
  To be held at Yodokan Honbu in Abercarn Wales. November 16th Waterfall Training.

arrow Fight Mag Website
  Sensei Mike Selvey regularly contributes articles. Free to access, a site for all things Martial Arts
Suppliers of Swords and equipment
For all martial arts goods.
Supplies of fantasy swords as well as Japanese Katana.
Japanese site for all things Iaido
Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK)
Official website of the DNBK International Division. Link removed by request
arrow Seishin Judo and Iaido
  Bruce Scrivens 5th Dan, website for Judo and Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido
arrow Aikido in Norwich
  Sensei Steve Fyffe 4th Dan Aikido and Cane master blind from birth studies aikido, cane and Tenshin Ryu Iaido
arrow Yamabushi Yodokan Website
  Website link for judo and Tenshin Ryu Iaido







Go Rin No Sho "A book of Five Rings"
written by Miyamoto Musashi in 1645. Contains five books, Ground, Water, Fire, Wind and Void. A difficult book to understand and requires much reading and thought..
Hagakure: Book of the Samurai
Written by Yamamoto Tsunemoto - an excellent book on the life of the Samurai and how they thought and acted. The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death.
The Life Giving Sword
by Yagyu Munenori, translated by William Scott Wilson, a classic text on Zen and the No-Sword.
Quintessence of Japanese Classical Martial Arts
By Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada, a historical and philosophical perspective of Budo.
Tales of old Japan
By A.B.Milford, stories and myths from Japan's history, such as the 47 ronin and an account of seppuku.
A dictionary of the Martial arts
By Louis Frederic, a concise work on all Martial arts  terminology .

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The arts of the sword as we know them today probably began with Iizasa Choisai the founder of the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu. Also during the 15th century Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu collected techniques from different warrior schools into a form he called Iai Jutsu or Iaido. He did this after a dream he had. The difference was that the new forms were all defensive. You responded to an (surprise-) attack by drawing your sword and cutting down your enemies. The term Iai Jutsu does not, translate into "The art of drawing the sword", but rather "Instant Awareness". You should be able to respond to any threat instantaneously and in such a way be able to avoid being attacked.

Therefore Iaido is the art of reacting to a surprise attack by counter attacking with a sword.

An in-depth reading of the Japanese characters for iaido is:
I = being, AI = harmony, DO = way . "The way of harmonising oneself in action”.

The Iaidoka (a practitioner of iaido) wields a sword: not to control the opponent, but to control himself. Iaido is mostly performed solo as a series of Waza. The Iaidoka executes various techniques against single or multiple imaginary opponents. Each Waza begins and ends with the sword sheathed. In addition to sword technique, practitioners require imagination and concentration in order to maintain the feeling of a real fight and to keep the Kata fresh. In order to properly perform the waza, Iaidoka also learn posture and movement, grip, and swing. Iaido is never practised in a free-sparring manner.

Iaidoka practice to prepare for a surprise attack, where an immediate, efficient solution to the problem of aggression is necessary. Therefore, the technique is highly refined. Every unnecessary movement is cut away. Technique is simple and direct. The training method is aimed towards development of the practitioner’s every mental and physical resources.

Iaido is an authentic martial art that proved its martial values in a time of constant battle and warfare, that was preserved and passed on directly from teacher to student over generations in an unbroken lineage for 450 years. Iaidoka developed the mind towards an ultimately peaceful, harmonious, and active state ready to react and deal with any life situation.


The full Tenshin Ryu syllabus can be downloaded HERE

Comprises of the complete understanding of

1. Dojo etiquette

2. Kamiza procedure.

3.Care of the Katana (Iaito) and the naming of all parts of the sword.

4. Sixteen standing forms (Tachi Waza).

5. Thirteen Kneeling forms (Seiza Waza).

6. Two person Kata (Eight forms with Katana).

7. Two person Kata (Eight forms with Wakazashi).

Iaido can be segmented into four main parts as follows.

1. Nukitsuke - This is the first strike, though single handed, it should be effective and performed with focus and purpose. It should make kirioroshi unnecessary.

2. Kiritsuke Kirioroshi - Main two handed cut, the definative cut, carried out with power and control.

3. Chiburi - Blood shake off. Maximum zanshin as the confrontation may not be over.

4. Noto - Re-sheathing of the blade. again maximum Zanshin.

Alongside the physical aspects of the forms it could be argued are the mental aspects of swordsmanship. To become one with the sword and achieve a state of "No-Mind", it is necessary to have an understanding of Metsuke (correct use of the eyes), Maai (combative distance) and Ma (timing).

The Five Kamaes ( Attitudes )

Gedan no kamae - low level attitude (Earth). A kamae of waiting or inviting, a negative kamae.

Chudan no kamae - Middle level attitude (Water). Be observant, calm and waiting but fully aware, a positive kamae.

Jodan no kamae - High level attitude (Heaven). A strong aggressive kamae of total attack, think not of defense, a positive kamae.

Hasso no kamae - Waiting or inviting attitude ( In ) Sword raised point straight up with 45 degree angle backwards, Tsuba in line with mouth, cutting edge facing opponent. a semi positive kamae.

Waki no kamae - Hidden attitude ( Yo ), the sword is concealed behind your back, right foot back, body half turned. Your strength as well as your weapon is hidden, a variety of options are open from this attitude. A positive kamae.

Finally a kamae not usually listed with the five main ones is Kamae-Otoku, this is the attitude of mutual withdrawal. the point of the sword faces the opponents knee with the wrists exposed.

Swordsmanship and Buddhism have always been connected. Bushido comprises of Buddhism, Zen, Confucianism and Shintoism. Priests became warriors and warriors became priests

" Tsune ni itte kyu ni awasu "

("Wherever you are and what ever you are doing always be prepared")




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