Getting Started

Getting started in iaido is easy – simply come to a class. There is always room for new members.

Our members are of all ages, athletic abilities and experience levels. The membership of any class may have fitness buffs to the less athletic. Ages can range from 16 to 60, and everyone in between.

We welcome visitors to come and watch a class in session. Asking questions of the instructors and senior students before and after class is encouraged. All we ask is that you respect the dojo and its members, if observing a class please stay to the side and out of the training area and refrain from loud conversations, especially when the instructor is demonstrating.

If joining a class, ask a senior student to help get you started. No special clothing or equipment is required. For your first few classes, wear loose, comfortable clothing: sweatpants and a t-shirt. We do not advise training in jeans or shorts. Before class, please remove all jewelry, watches, earrings, necklaces, etc. If you have long hair, you will need to pull it away from your face.

If you decide to stick with iaido, you will be required to get a dogi, hakama, and sword before testing.

Iaido is a contemplative budo and requires respect, focus and humility. We emphasize the philosophical aspects of the art, but never overlook the technique and what makes it all work. The key to iaido is to practice with compassion, focus on form and pacing, and relax. Iaido should be practiced when you are alert and energized, and when you are tired and drained. It should be practiced when you are inspired, and when you are not inspired. You should practice the basics with beginners, slow and purposeful. Practice hard and fast with the advanced students. Practice when you’re young. Practice when your old. But, in all, practice.