“Yuushinkan” iaido dojo in Kyobashi Osaka will become the stage for this experience
This dojo aims to offer its visitors a very authentic lesson in iaido, kenjutsu and tameshigiri test cutting.
The first master and creator of the Yuushin-ryu style, Tenyu Hirotoshi Seto has spent many years perfecting the martial arts of old and infusing them with new techniques, combining them into the unique and original Yuushin-ryu style that you can experience.
The experience takes place at an authentic dojo!
The dojo is full of swords and armor that create a unique scenery for your lesson. The mirror walls are an excellent tool that will help you check and correct your proper form during the training. The dojo itself has a very historic feel to it and makes you excited for the lesson the moment you step in.
Look the part and don authentic martial artist clothes or even armor!
At the start of the lesson you will change into authentic martial artist training clothes. First timers will be assisted by the instructor and shown the proper way to wear the clothes, so there is no need to worry. If worn properly, the clothes will help you assume the correct posture and make you look like a real warrior in an instant! If you want to take it one step further and try on the armor as well, be sure to check out the Shogun course!
After you have changed clothes, you will first be taught proper manners and etiquette. Japanese martial arts “start with a greeting and end with a greeting”. By going through the proper ritual you will find inner peace and your body and mind will be ready to finally wield the sword.
First, the basics
First you will use a safe practice sword and learn basic techniques like how to correctly wield, draw and swing the sword. The training takes place in front of wall mirrors, so you can train whilst checking and correcting your posture and movements as you go. Even though you are wielding a practice sword, every technique trained during this phase is an authentic one.
English interpretation is also possible!
The assistant instructor will be more than happy to gently explain the experience contents and important information in easy to understand English.If there is anything you do not quite understand or wish to ask, feel free to do so anytime!
If detailed interpretation is necessary, you might be instructed by the assistant instructor.
In case of complicated and difficult techniques, the explanations will be done by the assistant instructor in a way that is very easy to understand. By gradual repetition, you eventually get a grasp on the performed techniques.
Test cutting demonstration by the head instructor
Using a real sword, you will be able to witness authentic tameshigiri test cutting from start to finish.
Faster than you may have imagined, the straw target will be cut in an instant, illustrating the legendary sharpness of Japanese swords perfectly. The sight of true swordsmanship is almost mesmerizing.
You will try your hand at cutting the straw yourself too!
And now, it’s your turn to show what you have learned. Assume the proper stance, steady your mind and hands, adjust your posture and breathing and perform that one perfect swing.
Capture the whole moment on video or in pictures with your own phone
Congratulations! Thanks to the thorough instructions of the head of the school, even most beginners are able to perform the test cut almost perfectly. If you do not get it right on the first try don’t worry, you will get a second chance! One straw target can be cut up to three times and we have two targets ready per person! If you have a phone or a camera with you, it is possible to have pictures or even a video of you taken as well to capture this unforgettable experience in more than just memory.
You can even purchase a sword on the spot!
The store next door is part of the dojo and offers you a unique chance to purchase an authentic sword. You can even try the sword you purchased on the spot as well! From Japanese swords to decorative swords and almost everything sword-related, the store has a wide selection of items not just for the sword enthusiast.
You can even try the sword with your own hands
There are many swords, all different by type, length, weight, age, hamon, special features, time period from which they originate and more. If you find that special one that you would like to own, the store can assist you with preparations and transportation to your home country.