At Indian Rocks Universal Martial Art - Choi Kwang Do, we teach the art of Toyama-Ryu Iai Batto-Do. Designed by, and for, the Japanese Military, this art offers a very functional and motivating approach to the age-old art of the Japanese sword. Practicing the Way of the Sword offers insight on how to meld mind and body. It increases Focus, Discipline, Awareness and Hand / Eye Coordination which is beneficial to young and old alike.
Now you have the chance to learn Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship without having to travel to Japan.
Iaido is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack. Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard (saya), striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard.
Practitioners of Iaido are often referred to as Iaidoka.
Tameshigiri instruction includes how to safely and correctly wield a Japanese shinken (live blade). You will learn test-cutting patterns using the various sword lengths and weights, which will upon execution, give an awesome experience.
Learn how to execute the various diagonal, horizontal and vertical cuts, including the famous roku-dan-giri and happo-giri cutting patterns.
*Tameshigiri training will ONLY be conducted under the supervision of the Sword Program Director*
Fifty years ago, Japanese martial artists and sword masters came together and created a training style to accommodate new age 21st Century training methods. The founder, Tanabe Tetsundo and his group of some of the strongest swordsmen in Japan called this new school of thought Goshindo, colloquially known as Sport Chanbara.
By utilizing padded practice swords and lighter protective padding, controlled full contact and speed are allowed for Students to practice their skills and techniques in a competitive atmosphere that emphasizes Tradition, Etiquette, and Respect.