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)