Intersection of Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Intersection of
Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Japanese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts

Okinawan Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts

Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido

To Rei    Iaido, the Japanese art of drawing the sword, is considered an art of the aristocracy because, in feudal Japan, swords could only be carried by the upper class.  The art was created in response to specific conditions:  when samurai were attacked while their swords were still sheathed.  The key concept in Iaido is that the draw and first cut must occur simultaneously and quickly.  Many unique cutting motions were created to make this possible.  Practice is very precise and demands great concentration.

    Iaido is a highly traditional art.  Its forms are hundreds of years old, having been passed down from instructor to student since their creation.  It is also traditional in the sense that it has no modern applications.  Since there is no practical purpose for sword fighting methods in modern times, there is no reason to "update" the forms, or to make the art more effective for self-defense.

Oroshi from Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido    The physical practice of Iaido includes drawing, parrying and cutting motions, as well as various methods for returning the swords to the scabbard.  The majority of practice time is spent studying pre-arranged forms, called kata.  The motions are designed as defenses against specific attacks by an opponent, and each form teaches several principles of correct sword handling.

    In addition to being a historical art, Iaido is, like other martial arts, a method of spiritual development.  It is one of the best arts for conveying the concepts taught in zen.  Many practice Iaido as a second martial art, to compliment the more physical practice styles of karate, judo or jujutsu.

    Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido is the second oldest extant martial arts style in Japan.  Eishin-Ryu Iaido ranks can be certified by the Shudokan Martial Arts Association (SMAA) and the Kokusai Budoin, IMAF.

For more information, please contact Nickalus Suino Sensei at

Classes Held at
Japanese Martial Arts Center
Ann Arbor, MI
Monday 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Intermediate)
8:00 - 9:00pm (Advanced)
Tuesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Open)
Wednesday 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Intermediate)
8:00 - 9:00pm (Advanced)
Thursday 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Open)
Friday 11:00am - Noon (Open)

For Private Lessons in Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido in the Ann Arbor, Michigan or Lansing, Michigan area, please contact Dan Holland Sensei at