Iaido (ee-eye-doe) is the art of drawing and cutting with the traditional Japanese sword or katana. We study the Muso Jikiden Eishen Ryu style of iaido under the tutelege of Ken Maneker (8th degree Hanshi) of Shin Ken Kai Iaido Vancouver. Maneker Sensei is a direct student of both Iwata Norikazu and Omori Masao Sensei (both now deceased). Rob Ingram has studied under Maneker Sensei for 20 years and holds the rank of nanadan Kyoshi in Muso Jikiden Eishen Ryu. He was the 2015 gold medal winner at the Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei Taikai in Kyoto, Japan.
We also study Katayama Hoki Ryu iaido, as taught by Kuze Takashi Sensei, and the Toho kata of the Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei.
Usually people begin iaido when they are mature in another martial art. It is at once meditative and demanding of physical precision and focus. We can get you started with an obi (belt) and saya bokuto (wooden sword and scabbard). When you begin regular practice, you will require uwagi (jacket), hakama (wide pants), obi (belt), and mogito (unsharpenable metal practice sword with scabbard). Your instructor can assist you in obtaining those.
Iaido Sundays 11 to 1 pm at Selkirk St. School
Kita Kaze with Ken Maneker Sensei (centre) at the Machikan Dojo, August 2018