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 the Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido school in Houston, Texas. Our traditional practice follows what has been transmitted by Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei (1925-2008, hachidan) who began as a direct student of Nakayama Hakudo Sensei (1869-1958, Judan), the 16th successor to the Shimomura branch of the Jinsuke/Eishin lineage (spanning more than four centuries from the beginnings of Iaido in the late 1500’s).  We are the official school (dojo) in Texas representing the North American San Shin Kai.

Nakayama Hakudo Sensei (Judan)










Our mission is to provide the opportunity for serious study of traditional Japanese sword arts. This includes Iaido, Iaijutsu, kumidachi, 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.

Every year we host Iaido seminars taught by Roger Wehrhahn Shihan, Chief Instructor for North American San Shin Kai. He was a direct personal student of Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei for a quarter century until Mitsuzuka Sensei passed away. Wehrhahn Shihan continues to this day a close relationship with Mitsuzuka Sensei’s son, Munehiro Mitsuzuka Sensei who began sword training with his father as a young child and helped instruct the first westerners that came to Japan to study in the later 1970’s. The North American San Shin Kai hosts an international summer camp every August where formal testing for rank advancement is conducted. Those interested in Houston classes should contact the instructor for more information. Visitors are always welcome to watch quietly.

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 Evenings

Next Iaido Seminar (special seminars require advance registration)

February, 2018 TBA

Tuition Fee

You are strongly encouraged to come watch a class first and ask questions. New students once admitted to training must pay $150 non-refundable joining fee in advance (cash or check only).  The Joining fee does include the first three months of Iaido 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). The optional annual discounted subscription is not refundable except under unusual circumstances at the discretion of the teacher. Private lessons scheduled outside of the regular class times are possible at a rate of $95/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 solely at the teacher’s discretion.

*Note: Non-payment of monthly membership fee places member in non-active status and they are 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 1/yr). Houston Dojo Member dues do not include special events such as Saturday seminars though discounts may be offered for active members.

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