Japanese Swordsmanship
(Muso Shinden Ryu)

Instructor: Sensei Dong Tran, 4th dan

Sensei Dong Tran

Focus of Training

The Japanese word for swordsmanship, iaido, roughly translates as "the way of mental presence and immediate reaction." Through iaido, students sharpen their concentration and focus their minds on the here and now. Iaido emphasizes deep mindfulness, exactitude of technique, decorum, and dignity of mien.

Students will use the iaito (unsharpened training sword) to execute the smooth, fluid movements of Japanese swordsmanship. By practicing katas, they will perfect the stances and strikes of armed combat. In time, practitioners will master proper techniques for removing the blade from the scabbard, performing katas, and re-sheathing the sword.

Curriculum

  • Basics: Draw (nukitsuke), Cut (giritsuke), Sheathing (noto)
  • Introductory Set: Keshin-ryu
  • First Level (shoden): Omori-ryu
  • Intermediate: Shindo Munen-ryu
  • Middle Level (chuden): Hasegawa-Eishin-ryu
  • Advanced (Okuden): Hasegawa-Eishin-ryu
Mitsuzuka Sensei

History and Lineage

This unique tradition of defensive swordsmanship was created by Jinsuke Shigenobu in 16th Century Japan and preserved in an unbroken line of headmasters through the centuries. It was standardized by Master Nakayama Hakudo (1869-1958) and taught worldwide by the late Sensei Takeshi Mitsuzuka (1926-2008). The Sanshinkai is the federation organized in North America by Mitsuzuka Sensei.