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.

Learn more about training in Tamiya Ryu.

Find a dojo location.

Explore Tamiya Ryu's long history.



Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu 15th Soke, Tsumaki Kazuo Genwa

Members of the Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Gennankai are anxiously looking forward to the upcoming visit to Michigan by Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu 15th Soke Tsumaki Kazuo Genwa this September 18-25. It has been 7 years since his last visit and he is very excited to see all the Gennankai members, both old and new, and conduct both Formal Seminars and Private Training sessions. There will be a special Kodansha Seminar for Gennankai members 5th Dan and higher and two All-Member Sessions for all Gennankai members. Soke Sensei will also conduct Private Training Sessions for the Gennankai President and Head Instructor to round out his teaching schedule while he is here. Several Social Gatherings are also planned, including a party for his birthday on September 23!

The Gennankai Board of Directors has been working diligently to make this event as successful as possible and to assure that Soke Sensei has a productive and enjoyable visit this year. All Gennankai members have been practicing intensely to prepare themselves for the upcoming Seminars and constructive input from Soke Sensei (and brushing up on their Japanese language skills as well)!

By the way, if you happen to be a USTRI Alumni and would like further details about Soke Sensei’s schedule, please feel free to email me at the address below.

Ogenki de,

Michael Alexanian (Gennan Buhaku) 8th Dan
United States Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu Gennankai

Current articles

Message from the Head Instructor

The Path is the Path. Encouragement to keep training, even when it seems like you've done this all before. That is the path and what emerges is Tamiya Beauty and Tamiya Nobility.

Reflecting Pool

Daniel Wung (Genkou) sensei asks the question, Is it possible to Age Gracefully in a martial art?

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.