Try this modern martial art based on the traditional techniques of the Japanese sword.
Unlike kendo, in which participants hone their skills in combat with each other, iaido is performed alone, its movements are smooth and controlled, almost meditative, with a focus on mental preparation. We can arrange for you to take a class in an operating iaido dojo, watch a choreographed demonstration using real katana swords, and then it’s up to you to copy the fancy moves. You will even have the opportunity to try the cutting technique you just learned on rolled bamboo mats or other items made from straw. The class takes place at a cultural center in Tokyo’s Yanaka district, a well-preserved and traditional district known for its artisans.