Homon-ji Iaido – Japanese Swordsmanship Class


Group 2

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. Our classes are open to our members – if you have not yet joined as a member, please visit our membership page and sign up. Memberships are based on a monthly donation basis. 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.

Our practice is:
To engage the self
To enjoy the moment
To realize the self
To gain an understanding of the nature of life

Classes are open to people of all abilities, beginner or experienced. We ask that attendees be at least 12 years of age. We use bokuto or shinai for most of our practice. Iaito will be used only by experienced practitioners. Shinken (live blades) are never allowed in classes (unless for special occasions, such as test cutting).

Our practice:

We have 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 new 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 over two years, at least 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. Due to space restrictions, this class will focus primarily on activities that large groups can do safely.

(classes are $20 per class suggested donation if you are not a monthly member)