Houston San Shin Kai

Traditional Japanese Sword Instruction

Houston San Shin Kai

Iaido Instruction in Houston, Texas

Houston San Shin Kai

Iaido school – Houston, Texas

Houston SSK Iaido School

We are an Iaido school in Houston, Texas affiliated with the North American San Shin Kai. Our practice follows what has been transmitted by Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei (1925-2008) who began as a direct student of Nakayama Hakudo Sensei (1869-1958) 16th successor to the Shimomura branch of the Jinsuke/Eishin lineage (spans over four hundred years), now known as Muso Shinden Ryu.

Our mission is to provide the opportunity for serious study of a traditional Japanese sword art, Muso Shinden Ryu. Practice is intense but fun. All students (and the teacher) are expected to check their ego at the door while paying attention to safety. You will never “finish” or “perfect” your art. The value is in the process and that is the gift of a traditional Japanese martial art. By focusing on mindful practice such as Iaido, one can develop a personal path of lifelong study that enriches knowledge of oneself.

We host two Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido seminars per year taught by Roger Wehrhahn Shihan, Chief Instructor for North American San Shin Kai, and direct student of Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei, Hachidan The North American San Shin Kai hosts an annual Iaido summer camp every August. Those interested in Iaido should contact the instructor or group leader.

Everything in life worth achieving requires practice. In fact, life itself is nothing more than one long practice session, an endless effort of refining our motions. When the proper mechanics of practicing are understood, the task of learning something new becomes a stress-free experience of joy and calmness, a process which settles all areas of your life and promotes proper perspective on all life’s difficulties. (The Practicing Mind – T.M. Sterner)

 Iaido Class Schedule

Monday Evening

Tuition Fee

New students once admitted to training must pay $150 non-refundable joining fee in advance (cash or check only). We strongly encourage you to come watch a class first and ask questions. The Joining fee does includes the first three months of training. The teacher reserves the right to refuse to accept an applicant as a student. If a student chooses to continue training after the first three months and the teacher accepts them as a student, the tuition dues are paid either monthly or annually via Paypal automatic subscrition online payment (see below). Annual subscription while discounted is not refundable except under unusual circumstances at the descretion of the teacher. It is recommended that you pay monthly. If the Private Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido lessons scheduled outside of the regular class times are possible at a rate of $75/hr (studio rental included, cash or check only).* 


Member Dues Payment Options



Arrangements for payment other than Paypal subscription under special circumstances only and is at the teacher’s discretion.

*Note: Non-payment of monthly membership fee places member in non-active status and is not allowed to attend classes without first talking to the teacher in order to be considered for readmission as an active member. In addition, all students are expected to be members in good standing with the North American San Shin Kai (pay annual member dues by January, attend NASSK sanctioned seminars of at least 2/yr). Houston Dojo Member dues do not include special events such as Saturday seminars though discounts are usually offered for active members.

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