The Japanese Sword is the most refined, beautiful and efficent sword ever made. If someone is holding that sword in their hand they either have no idea what they are doing...or they know EXACTLY what they are doing. It's no co-incidence that the most popular warriors in fiction from the newly released Netflix hit, "The Blue-Eyed Samurai", to Highlander, from Rouroni Kenshin to the Jedi (the recent Ahsoka series even referred to Bokken Jedi! - Bokken are the wooden training swords we use - just as Sabine did), from John Wick to Machione in The Walking Dead, and Jin Sakai of the mega hit computer game, "Ghosts of Tsuhima" are experts of the Samurai Sword. With films like the Last Samurai, the hit Age of the Samurai Netflix Series and the upcoming Shogun Series, it's easy to understand our fascianation with the historical samurai and the weapon that defined them.
Up until quite recently the secrets of using the samurai sword were locked away in small provinces in Japan. Certain classical styles of using the samurai sword kept a closely guarded secret in domains such as Tosa until as recently as the early 1900's. And finding genuine instruction (or there were plenty of people making up awfully silly ninja stuff!) in Japanese Swordsmanship in Ireland...well you could forget that, until now.
Iaido is the art of Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship. How to draw, cut and sheathe the Japanese Samurai Sword in a fluid combination. It is a highly detailed, specialized art that also involves the study of military strategic thought and samurai philosophy. In virtually all schools of Iai, the kata/waza are composed of four essential elements. These are:
Practically all kata have these fundamental parts in some combination or other, but may also include blocks, deflections, thrusts, and multiple cuts, depending on the scenario. Iai kata are usually performed solitary against imaginary opponents, called kassoteki, or teki. (There are also partner kata at more advanced levels).
All of the instructors in our Beginners Course have achieved at least the ranking of 4th Dan in Iaido, have multiple years of Iaido coaching experience, and have represented Ireland in multiple international competitions abroad.
When you sign up to our 10-Week Beginners Course Now you'll also get:
A 240 page master textbook on analysing and deciding on your first sword, written by one of our chief instructors, Batman O'Brien. This retails on his site for €29.00, and you'll get it for free.
Classes take place each Monday:
19:00 - 20:20 **
St. John Bosco Youth Centre,
** Due to building restrictions, classes are unfortunately cancelled on bank holiday weekends,
The Beginners Course requires no prior preparation, but we encourage you to read our Iaido beginners manual in advance of your first class, well send that on to you in PDF upon registration. Please be aware that while this course is directed at beginners, Iaido is still physical activity, and therefore you should inform yourself of the risks involved (particularly if you have any existing medical conditions).
Dublin Kendo Kobukai will provide you with all the equipment needed for the Beginners Course, and we recommend that you attend practice in comfortable sports clothing. There are changing facilities at all of our training locations.
There are limited spaces in our Beginners Course, and registrations will close on the 1st of January 2024. You can sign-up for the course by submitting the form below and paying the registration fee upfront:
Ordinary price: €80
Discounted price (students or unwaged): €60
Payment instructions are provided in the registration form. You will receive confirmation of your registration prior to the start of the course, in addition to a complete outline of the course.
The following are some recent clips from our seminars and public demonstrations.
Taking a behind the scenes look at the recent Kendo Seminar, part of the 20 year anniversary celebrations. You'll see some great Kendo, great instruction, and even greater friendships.
A short fun video showing the members of Dublin Kendo Demonstrating Iaido, Jodo and Kendo. And some general fun behind the scenes moments as we enjoyed the 'con. 🙂