News and Events

Location: Rain City FC (Map)
  Day of the week: Wednesdays
  Time: 7:30PM - 9:00PM
See more details below.

Happy Holidays!
Musokai's last training for 2018
  Wednesday Dec 19th
Musokai's first training for 2019
  Wednesday Jan 2nd
Looking forward to another great year!
Hope to see you there!

2019 Annual Idaho Iaido Seminar
at Boise State University (map)
1404 Bronco Lane, Boise, Idaho
with returning swordmaster
 Kaneda, Kazuhiso Sensei
  Iaido Kyoshi 8 Dan
Saturday, February 9, 2019
  10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, February 10, 2019
  10:00AM - 3:00PM
Click Event info for details.
Click Register Now to sign up.

Tameshigiri at Musokai
Some more paper cutting using bokuto,
Then it will be time for the real thing!
Click here to learn more.

Musokai Dojo

We are a school of Japanese Swordsmanship (Iaido) in the style and tradition of Muso Shinden-ryu.

Our dojo name honors the original vision and teachings of Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (1546-1621), universally considered the originator of all styles of Iaido. In the late 1500's Hayashizaki Sensei founded his own style of swordsmanship called Shinmei Muso-ryu, which became the foundation of both Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu and Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu. In 1932 Nakayama Hakudo founded Muso Shinden-ryu, wishing to return to the original vision of Hayashizaki Sensei.

Introduction to Iaido

This YouTube video is an excellent introductory look at Iaido, featuring

Training Location and Time

Swordsmanship at Musokai

We study and practice Iaido using practice swords (iaito). These weapons look and feel like Samurai swords (katana), though the unsharpened blade is made of lighter metal alloys.

Please see About Iaido to get more of a sense of what this fascinating martial art is like.

As in all Iaido dojos around the world, for safety our practice is limited to facing only an imaginary opponent. To bring that opponent out of the realm of imagination, some Musokai students also practice Kendo Kata.

~ Please see Kendo at Musokai to learn more. ~

Musokai is affiliated with:

All certificates of rank are issued under the authority of these two Kendo Federations. Musokai members also maintain individual membership in the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation (PNKF) which includes de facto membership in the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF). Please check the document posted on our Sign Up Page to learn more.

If you are looking for Iaido training possibly closer to home than Musokai Dojo, please review the other fine Iaido dojos listed here.