Marty Clipic-Sensei will teach you the art of Japanese sword. The Samurai spent their entire lives training to develop martial skills, mental focus, clarity and wisdom.


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About Iaido (source: Wikipedia)

Iaido is a Japanese martial art of swordsmanship derived from iaijutsu. Iaijutsu was developed for the specific combative purpose of defending oneself in everyday life. It was generally assumed that combatants would be armed with a katana and that combatants would be fighting unarmored. These assumptions result in a drastically different approach to combat than when combatants are armored and fighting on the battlefield. Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (c.1546¨Cc.1621), the founder of Muso Shinden-ryu, is generally credited with the invention of iaijutsu.

Unlike iaijutsu, the primary emphasis in iaido is on the meditative psychological state of “being present” as opposed to combative application of techniques. Iaido forms (kata) are performed individually against one or more imaginary opponents.

In the Dojo we practice Iai-Tate Do. It is a blend of traditional Iai and the more combative sword art known as Tate Do. The Japan Iai-Tate Do Federation was founded by Yamazaki Kiyoshi Sensei, located in Anaheim, California.

Although there are a wide range of koryu or classical iaido styles, the style practiced in the dojo is Kashima Shinto-ryu. It is a traditional school of Japanese martial arts founded by Tsukahara Bokuden in the Muromachi period (c.1530).

Typical class

All classes begin with meditation. Ten formal seitei-gata techniques (basic kata) as well as the more difficult Tate-Do kata are performed, depending on the individual student's rank. An iaito (unsharpened sword) is use by all students until they can safely perform the techniques of drawing, cutting, and noto (placing the blade back into the scabbard). More advanced students are expected to use a live blade. Meditation is repeated at the end of class.

1.Mae Nuki-Uchi (Front nuki-uchi cut):

A draw directed at a forward opponent from a seated posture (the opponent is also seated).

2.Ushiro Nuki-Uchi (Rearward nuki-uchi cut):

A draw directed at an opponent seated behind the swordsman, who is also in seiza (seated).

3.Uke Nagashi (Deflection. Literally means "to receive and wash away"):

A rising block followed by a kesagiri cut.

4.Tsuka-ate (Striking with the butt end of the sword):

A strike with the butt end of the sword hilt (the kashira) to a facing opponent followed by a thrust to a rearward opponent followed by a kiri otoshi cut against the front opponent.

5.Kesagiri (Cutting on a diagonal):

named after the cut, a kata involving both a kesagiri cut and a gaku (reversed) kesagiri cut. Executed in tachi (standing).

6.Morote-tsuki (Two-handed thrust):

A forward kasume giri cut, followed by a thrust forward, after which a kiri otoshi cut is made against opponents located first to the rear and then to the front.

7.Sampo Giri (Three-directional cutting):

Involves cuts directed at opponents located to the right, left, and front of the swordsman.

8.Gammen-ate (Face strike):

A forward strike with the butt end (kashira) of the katana, followed by a rearward thrust and then a forward kiri otoshi.

9.Soete Tsuki (Joined hands thrust):

Opponent attacks from the left with an overhead cut which is avoided and responded to by a one-handed kesagiri cut and a forward thrust.

10.Shiho Giri (Four directional cutting):

A kata that deals with opponents at four angles of attack.

The Japan Iai-Tate Do Federation Advanced Kata


"Eight Directional Lightning Strike"

2.Kabuto Ware:

"Helmet Breaker"

3.Tsuka Kote Kai Shi:

"Tsuka Wrist Lock"


"Against the Wind"

5.Hiji Ate Giri:

"Elbow Push Cut"

6.Iri Mi Kote Giri:

"Go Inside & Cut Forearm"


"From Under Floor"


"Mouth of the Tiger"


"Fogbank" (Bank of Clouds)

10.Yai Gaki Kokyu Giri:

"Stone Foundation Breathing Mind Cut"

Kiritsuke: The Cutting Techniques


a diagonal cut from the top right to the bottom left, or the top left to the bottom right.


an overhead cut; from top to bottom.

3.Kasume Giri:

a strike to the temple.


cutting horizontally from left to right.


a stabbing or thrusting movement.


"Halted cut". The final cut in the kata Ha-Koken. A kiri otoshi cut made against a prone opponent which is stopped before contacting the opponent.


a cut to the ankles.

8.Gaku-te Hachiji Giri:

a one-handed back-hand cut.

9.Tsu-te Yoko Giri:

a backhanded cut with the second hand in support.

10.Ka-Tate Jodan Kiri-Tsuki:

a one-handed strike to the top of the head.

Iaido Swords

Short sword or Tanto

Sword with Ornaments (bottom) and Cutting Sword (top)

Dull Blade (bottom) and Sharp Blade (top)