Homonji Iaido (Japanese Sword Arts)

Homonji Iaido is a practice based on techniques from the Koryu (old style) Japanese Sword Art Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu. Our focus is on gaining balance, mindfulness, and having fun.

Classes are open to people of all abilities, from absolute beginners to experienced martial artisits. We ask that attendees be at least 12 years of age to start training. We use bokuto (wooden sword), shinai (bamboo sword) and Iaito (safe practice sword). Shinken (live blades) are never allowed in classes (unless for special occasions, such as test cutting).

Our practice:

We take a holistic approach to understanding Japanese Sword Arts. Through the study of the various approaches below, the student gains a well rounded education and practice.

  • Focus exercises (solo and with partner)
  • Kumitachi (paired kata forms)
  • Kata practice
  • Randori (freestyle)
  • Mindfulness practice (solo forms)
  • Tameshigiri (test cutting)
  • Mokusou (a form of meditation)

Class schedule:

Our classes are ongoing and new members can join at any time.

Tuesday Night: Foundations Class from 6:00 – 7:00 PM
This class is for newer students, from Mudansha (no rank) to 4th kyu. 3rd Kyu and above can visit this class as well, as space allows. This class focuses on the foundations of the art, and allows the student to build practice on correct form before moving on to more complex concepts.

Thursday Night: Applications Class  6:45-7:45 PM
This class is for those who have practiced for at least two years, are 3rd kyu and are ready to move into more advance applications and concepts of the art. This class is by invitation only, if you are unsure if you should attend this class, please ask Hoden Sensei prior.

Sunday Afternoon: All Member Class 12:00 – 1:00 PM
This class is for any rank and level. This class will focus primarily on activities that large groups can do safely.

Homonji Iaido classes are available to supporting members of DGZ (monthly membership required). New students are welcome to visit class twice before deciding to join.

If you have questions about joining our class,  please contact Hoden Sensei (hoden108@gmail.com) . We will cover additional costs, rules and equipment purchase in person.