Nichibukan Iaidō

Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido in New York City and New Jersey

“You can tell the beginning students because they are practicing mae, because that’s all they know. You can tell the intermediate students because they are practicing whatever they just learned. And you can tell the advanced students because they are practicing mae, because it has all of Iaido inside it.”

Prough Sensei
John-and-Sachiko Photograph by Aram Kailian.

John Prough

John Prough Sensei passed away in New Jersey on June 20, 2013.

John loved budo and loved teaching, and he will be greatly missed. A former student of his wrote: “He was an honorable and righteous man, and I was fortunate and blessed to know him. I mourn his passing with deep sorrow.“

A 2004 interview with him is in The Iaido Journal.


John Prough and Sachiko Yamauchi Prough.

A memorial practice was held in his honor in New York City, and a memorial embu for him and his wife Sachiko was held in Shipshewana, Indiana.


Memorial embu in Shipshewana, Indiana.