We are a traditional Iaido school in Houston, Texas near downtown inside the 610 loop (Houston Heights). Our practice follows what has been transmitted by Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei (1925-2008) who was a direct student of Nakayama Hakudo Sensei (1869-1958) and Danzaki Tomoaki Sensei (1906-2003). Thus our roots go back over 400 years to Hayashizaki Minamoto no Shigenobu (1546 – 1621). We are the official dojo (school) in Texas representing the North American San Shin Kai.
Our mission is to provide the opportunity for serious study of traditional Japanese sword arts. This includes Iaido, Iaijutsu, kumidachi, kenjutsu, and tameshigiri. 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 this, one can develop a personal path of lifelong study that enriches knowledge of oneself and others.
Those interested in Houston classes should contact the instructor for more information. Visitors are always welcome to watch quietly.