News and Events

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

>>Japan Week 2022<<
Musokai students will demonstrate
Muso Shinden Ryu style Iaido
 Time: 12:30 PM
 Date: Saturday, Sept 24
 Place: Bellevue College
 In: Carlson Theater, Bldg E (Map)
Check out the full schedule of demos
by local martial arts dojos.
Plan to see it all!

2022 PNKF Iaido Fall Seminar
 and Shinsa (up to 5D)
at Rain City Fencing Center (Map)
Featuring: six Senior Instructors
from the US and Canada!
Please note: Due to limited capacity
and high interest all available
spaces have been sold out.

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

ALERT: Musokai training schedule changes to Fridays beginning Sept 16, 2022.

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

With Covid lingering in King County Musokai will continue wearing face masks.

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 (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.