Nichibukan Iaidō

Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido in New York City and New Jersey

How do I start?

You are welcome to observe a class any time, or try one class for free. Our Saturday morning class is usually the largest class of the week, and is good for beginners. Please email us if you are planning to attend a class for the first time: iaido@ny-jss.org.


Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes, please see our membership form and waiver. If you are able to print this out and bring it to class, please do so.


What equipment is required?

Please wear clothes that allow a range of arm and leg movement. Sweatpants and a t-shirt are fine, and if you already have a practice gi and hakama from another martial art you are free to wear them.

We can provide you with a bokken (wooden sword) to start with.

If you decide to continue practicing with us, you will need to buy a pair of kneepads (we spend a lot of time kneeling and moving around on our knees). Most brands of soft, flexible volleyball kneepads are fine for Iaido, or you can buy more expensive Iaido kneepads. If you are able to try them on before you buy, try kneeling to make sure they do not cut off circulation in your legs.

Eventually you might want to invest in a practice gi and hakama, as well as an iaito (metal sword), but please do not buy anything until you speak with the instructor. In particular, do not buy a sword until you know what length and weight are appropriate for you.


Do you also instruct tameshigiri (test cutting)?

No, we do not cut bamboo or other targets.

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