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Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido

Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu is a koryu bujutsu which means traditional martial art. Iaido, or Iaijutsu, described simply, is the art of drawing the Japanese sword from the saya (scabbard) and in the same motion responding to the opponents attack or dispatching the attacker; and then returning the sword to the saya gracefully and with dignity. It is not a competitive martial art, but emphasizes the development of concentration, awareness, and clarity. The Iaido students focus is on proper body mechanics, focus, and technique for the effective use of the sword. Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu has direct lineage back over 450 years to its founder, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu, who developed this style.

Iaido is a martial art concerned with the handling of Japanese samurai swords. The physical side consists of the various methods of drawing, cutting and defending. You will learn everything from wearing the sword to caring for it. To understand the samurai sword, you must learn to appreciate it as a cultural artifact. The etiquette which surrounds it is a window onto a whole society. By understanding the tactics behind the various moves, you gain an understanding of the psychology of the people who devised them. Iaido is very old. The various moves and techniques were preserved centuries ago in drills called kata that continue to be passed down from teacher to pupil.

Safe: There is no combative element. We do not hit each other.

Healthy: The exercise is a steady aerobic workout. Suppleness and posture are particularly emphasized.

Friendly: Everybody trains at their own rate and to their own ability. Our aim is to keep our art alive through supporting each other in training.

Mission Statement:

The Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai / Jikishin Kai Int. strives to be the most reputable and respected organization dedicated to the promotion of the Martial Arts Spirit and Tradition. In order to achieve this goal, it is the responsibility or each member to seek a sincere commitment to self-improvement of mind and body in accordance with the teachings of our martial art tradition. Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai / Jikishin Kai Intl. promotes an environment of leadership training wherein a very important precept is taught: that everyday life presents significant obstacles and personal challenges which are to be viewed as nothing more than opportunities to succeed, or win. This is the Samurai's path to a victorious life.



Kokusai Nippon Budo-Kai

Shugyo Cultural Center is a proud member Dojo of the Kokusai Nippon Budo-Kai

Onshinkan Dojo is a charter dojo of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iai Heiho International Japan Budoka, Hanshi Long. Hanshi Long has been unanimously confirmed as the rightful heir of this MJER line of succession by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai Kenshoin Budo committee, the DNBK Board of Directors and DNBK Sosai – Prince Higashi Fushimi Jiko of Kyoto Japan. His interest in Martial arts began in his youth studying Judo, Karate-do, Okinawa Kobudo weapons and other traditional Japanese martial arts. He attained dan ranking in several of these arts eventually focusing primarily on Iaido (or Iaijutsu), the art of Samurai swordsmanship.

Sensei Sharon Sharon Halfman is Dojo cho for Onshinkan Dojo's Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu holding the rank of Shodan and Fuku Shidoin as a charter dojo of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iai Heiho International Japan Budoka, Soshi Long Carl.

Monthly Rates Adult/Youth $60 or $30 as a 2nd art
Annual Dues Individual $25 Family $40
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