JAPANESE SWORD ARTS
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IAIDO STYLES THAT WE TEACH
The draws and cuts that were incorporated from those used in the Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo system under Master Seikichi Odo. These have 7 draws from a kneeling position and 3 standing and moving. They are based on the Seitei Iaido system and were taught to Sensei Ecker by Sensei Richard Gonzalez. Sensei Ecker continues to practice these under the guidance of Sensei Gonzalez.
Morinaga-Ha Toyrama Ryu:
Sensei Ecker has learned and studies these draws under Sensei Roy Hobbs, Kokusai Kyokucho ( International Director ), and Vice Chairman of the Dai Nippon Toyama Ryu Iaido Kyokai. Sensei Hobbs is also the President of the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei Inc, with schools around the world.
Sensei Ecker currently holds the rank of YonDan (4th degree) in the Day Nippon Iaido Kyokai under the leadership of Atushi Shimojo, head of organization.Sensei Ecker has traveled to Japan and New York to participate in seminars hosted by Soke Shimojo and was able to train with many skilled practitioners from around the world.
At Iaido St. Louis we practice the draws of Toyama Ryu; which include Morinaga-Ha, Nakamura Ha and Yamaguchi Ha.
We also practice the draws is Seitei ,Mugai Ryu , and some Eishin Ryu , to include Batto Go and Muso Jikiden.
We are an affordable option to learn the Iaido sword arts, and we look forward to meeting you!
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Iaidō (居合道) is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack. Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard (or saya), striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. While beginning practitioners of iaido may start learning with a wooden sword (bokken) depending on the teaching style of a particular instructor, most of the practitioners use the blunt edged sword, called iaitō. Few, more experienced, iaido practitioners use a sharp edged sword (shinken). Practitioners of iaido are often referred to as iaidoka.