Iaido at Windsong
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido is one of the oldest traditional sword schools of Japan, beginning about 450 years ago. The iaido group at Windsong is directly connected with John Ray Sensei, Hachidan (8th dan) Kyoshi (teacher), who heads The Dojo in Denton, Texas, and through him with Tanida Sensei, Hanshi (master teacher) Kyudan (9dan) of Chiba City, Japan we follow the teachings of the 22nd Soke, Ikeda Takashi Seiko, leader of the Eishin Ryu Seitokai Iaido Association and president of the Zen Nihon Iaido Renmei (ZNIR, All Japan Iaido Federation). Classes are led by Susan Burke, Kancho, 7 Dan Renshi, and Edward Smith Shihan Dai, 5 Dan.
Class: Saturdays 1:30-3:30 pm, Fridays 6:30-8:00 pm
Cost: $60 per month
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To begin the class students will need workout clothing (long pants such as sweats, and a t-shirt) and a bokken (wooden training sword). Eventually the student will need to obtain standard Iaido clothing: Keiko Gi (top), Hakama, Obi (belt). Also, eventually the student will need to obtain an approved Iaito (unsharpened training sword, usually aluminum). Imitation samurai swords, (MogiTou) sold for display, are generally unsafe for Iaido practice and will not be allowed in class. When the student is ready for an Iaito, the instructor will give guidance to reputable vendors of quality training equipment.
Students must be 13 years of age or older to join the class.
For more information, contact OKC Iaido at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call (918) 935-8364.