Iaido and Weapons

iaidoIaido  (The Way of Sword Drawing) traces its origins to the late 16th century in Japan. It was developed by Hayashizaki Shigenobu. Though an established fact that some Iai-jutsu was practiced within other schools prior to Hayashizaki’s birth, he is credited with the creation of the system of Iai which we know today as Muso Shinden Ryu., which was actually developed based on a vision that Hayashizaki received in a dream, and which he referred to as Batto-Ho. The traditions and forms of Muso Shinden Ryu were transmitted through successive generations of swordsmen, amoung them Nakayama Hakudo Sensei, commonly recognized as one of the two foremost martial artists of the Meiji Era (O’Sensei being the other). One of Nakayama Sensei’s foremost students, Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei, established himself in Tokyo and continued the teachings of the Muso Shinden Ryu as transmitted to him by Nakayama Sensei.

Iaido is practiced using a live or practice Japanese sword. Through Iaido training we attempt to understand the use of the weapon while simultaneously stimulating and stretching our body.

Weapons training is held on Thursday evenings. During weapons class we primarily utilize the wooden sword (bokken), and the staff (jo), and sometimes knife (tanto) and short sword (wakazashi).

Through the study of basic forms and partner practice we attempt to further understand the art of Aikido and particularly the study of timing and distance.

Iain Nicolson Recreation Centre

Directions to the sports centre:

From the South: Travelling on the M74, merge onto M73 via Exit 4 toward A80/Stirling/Kincardine Bridge.
Take Exit 2A on the Left toward MUIRHEAD/ GARTCOSH Industrial Park.
Enter roundabout and take first exit. Enter next roundabout and take 2nd Exit, marked STATION ROAD/ A752.
Turn Right onto CUMBERNAULD ROAD/ A752, followed by a left onto Chryston Road. The Ian Nicolson Centre will be on the right.

From the North: From M9 follow signs for M876.
Continue on M876 and merge onto A80 toward GLASGOW.
After proceeding through set of traffic lights in MOODIESBURN, remain in Right lane, and turn right across the A80 at the JET Petrol Station, onto CUMBERNAULD ROAD/ A752.
Turn LEFT immediately to remain on CUMBERNAULD Road, then immediate RIGHT turn onto Chryston Road. The Ian Nicolson Centre will be on the right.

 

Class Times

Training Schedule

Tuesday - 6:30 - 7:30pm Aikido Body Art
Tuesday - 7:30 - 8:30pm - Iaido

Thursday - 6:30 - 7:30pm Aikido Body Art
7:30 - 8:30pm Aikido Weapons

Children - Tuesday 6:30-7:30
Thursday 4:00 -5:00

Fees

Annual Membership - £35 per person (Includes Insurance) - £25 children
 
Tuition Fees
Adults
Regular rate £45 per month OR
Daily Mat Fee £5 per session (£7.50 per evening)
Family Rate £60 per couple (can be adjusted based on work status)
Iaido Only £25
 
Children
Ages 12-15 £25 per month
Ages 5-11 £3 per session (Tues eve & Thurs afternoon)
Uniforms £25
Fees are payable on the first of each month. Variations on this schedule must be arranged with the Chief Instructor. Mat fees are due prior to class.