Classes are held Monday and Wednesday 6-7PM and Saturday from 10-11AM. While beginners are welcome to come to any class, they must first schedule a $25 private lesson with Parr Sensei in order to participate.
Araki Ryu Iaido is for Adults 18+. For children who are interested in Japanese swords we recommend the Las Vegas Kendo Club.
Iaido is a martial art that studies the movements associated with drawing and cutting with the Japanese sword.
Iaido is practiced by the repetition and perfection of predetermined movements in sequences called kata. These kata represent the opportunity to practice mental focus, physical endurance, and to understand ideal sword movement.
Araki Mujinsai Ryu Iaido consists of 30 sitting kata, 26 standing kata, and 13 paired kata.
There are four general movements common in iaido kata:
- Nukitsuke- drawing the sword from the sheath (saya) and initial cutting stroke
- Kiritsuke- overhead cut
- Chiburi- a movement of the sword symbolizing the removal of blood
- Noto- re-sheathing the sword
To practice we wear a keikogi (jacket), obi (belt), hakama (skirt-like trousers), and knee pads. We generally train with a blunt practice sword called an iaito.
For more information see the Araki Mujinsai Ryu Iaido New Student Information Guide
The Araki Mujinsai Ryu Rugamine Dojo is a club aimed at studying iaido in Las Vegas.