News and Events

Location: Rain City FC (Map)
  Day of the week: Fridays
  Time: 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Please note ALERT to the right.

2024 AUSKF Nat'l Iaido Camp
featuring senior Senseis from
across the US and Canada:
 Shozo Kato Sensei
   Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan
 Tatsuhiko Konno Sensei
   Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan
 Stephen Cruise Sensei
   Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan
 Pam Parker Sensei
   Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan
May 30 - June 2, 2024
University of Utah Campus
George S Eccles Student Life Center
Salt Lake City, UT (map)
Click here for event information.
Registration is now closed.

2024 CKF Iaido Seminar
(Canadian Kendo Federation)
featuring Senseis from
 Kusama Junichi Sensei
  Iaido Hanshi 8th Dan
 Maruoka Akihito Sensei
  Iaido Kyoshi 8th Dan
 Jikibara Norimasa Sensei
  Iaido Kyoshi 8th Dan
 Stephen Cruise Sensei
   Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan
 Ohmi Goyo Sensei
   Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan
 Kato Shozo Sensei
   Iaido Kyoshi 7th Dan
August 24 - 26, 2024
BC Institute of Technology
Burnaby, BC, Canada (map)
Click here for event info.
Click here for shinsa info.

Tameshigiri at Musokai
Cutting sessions are conducted
separately from regular classes.
Contact Dojo Manager to get scheduled.
Click here to learn more about cutting.

To help keep our Senseis and our Students safe please be fully vaccinated/boosted.

The wearing of face masks at Musokai is optional, but preferred.

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

For an indepth YouTube documentary on the forging of a world-class katana by the renowned contemporary swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara click HERE

Training Location and Time

Swordsmanship at Musokai

We study and practice Iaido using practice swords (mogito). 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.