Iaijutsu is a Japanese sword art. Tamiya Ryu is a specific school of iaijutsu which is described as both a Martial Art (bujutsu) and a Martial Way (budo). Practice is conducted in a non-competitive environment.
As a koryu (a school established before the Meiji Restoration) the primary mode of training is kata. Kata are prearranged forms of practice design to instill the princles of the art into the student through repeated pratice. Iaijutsu kata are performed solo and usually consist of three phases:
- Nukitsuke - The initial sword draw
- Kiritsuke - A follow up strike
- Noutou - Resheathing the blade
Besides kata, basics are drilled as a group to warm up at the start of practice and paired exercises are practiced with bokuto (wooden swords) to study timing and distance (ma'ai).
The equipment used depends on the experience level of the particular student.
Students new to our organization are simply required to wear clothing that will allow them to move around with ease. Loaner bokuto (wooden sword) and obi (belt) will be provided when first starting out.
Ungraded students that have become deshi wear a standard Karate/Judo style gi and will be begin using iaito (an alloy based sword that is unable to hold an edge).
Graded students wear white iai style uwagi (a short sleeve top) with kaku obi and black hakama (pleated trouser) Instructors will typically wear the same as graded students but with a black uwagi.
In all cases, knee pads are highly recommended.
Blades that have and edge or might be able to hold an edge are never allowed during class. All equipment must be inspected by the instructor before being used by a student in class.