United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Gennankai


Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship

maru ni kikyo kamon. stylized balloon flower surround by a circle

Train your body and mind. Tamiya Ryu is a koryu (literally, "old school") sword art not taught outside Japan until recently. The United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijustu Gennankai is an official branch of the Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Genwakai in Japan and is headquarted in East Lansing, MI with branch dojo located in Macomb, MI and Brighton, MI.

the official seal (hanko) of United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu

We are the official representatives of this 400+ year old koryu art in the United States. Here you will find the history of both Tamiya Ryu and its history in the United States as well as information on where to find a dojo and how to join us for practice.

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2022 United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Gennankai Shinsa-Koshukai

The members of the United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Gennankai gathered on July 16th in East Lansing, Michigan to hold the first annual summer Shinsa-Koshukai in 2 years. Since it has been some time since we were able to meet, nearly every current member of the Gennankai performed for shinsa and because many testing were taking Kodansha, Tsumaki Soke Sensei asked for a copy of the entire performance so he can personally review. Therefore, while it was evident that everyone put in a lot of hard work between May and July and performed their absolute best iai to date, no promotions were announced today. We all await Soke Sensei’s judgement and will regroup in the fall for a proper promotion ceremony. Gennan Buhaku Sensei led a session on Tamiya Ryu Kenshibu Kawanakajima to cap off the afternoon.

To cap off the afternoon, Gennan Buhaku Sensei led the group in Tamiya Ryu Kenshibu Kawanakajimi, explaining the history of the poem and running practice through the first half of the kata. Many Gennankai member enjoy the practice of Kenshibu as a slightly different take on what we normally practice.

2022 Koshu-Shinsa kai attendees

Everyone did a wonderful job and I greatly enjoyed several highlight moments during the shinsakai. Great work everybody!


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Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu

Tamiya Ryu

Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu is a military art (bugei) that was introduced in the Tensho period (1573-1591) by its founder, Tamiya Heibei Narimasa. Narimasa, together with Katayama Hoki no kami Hisayasu (the founder of Hoki Ryu) and Sekiguchi Jushin (the founder of Sekiguchi Ryu) were pupiles of Hayashizake Jinsuke Shigenobu, the founder of iaijutsu.

The style characteristics of the Tamiya school of swordsmenship are: First volume (Omote no maki) containing evelen kata and Second volume (Koran no maki) containing fourteen kata.


Iaijutsu is a martial art (bujutsu) that strives to supress a sudden attack by the attacker against the defender using a single, swift stroke of the sword and seeks to master the various principles of drawing, re-sheathing and using the sword.

Furthermore, iaijutsu is a martial way (budo) as it practiced with a humble and modest heart and continually trains the spirit.

As a serious course of study, learning Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu involves having a clear understanding of the concepts known as "Tamiya Nobility" and "Tamiya Purity"

Visit the training page to learn more about practicing Tamiya ryu. For more informaiton concerning the history of development of Tamiya Ryu please visit the history page.