We restrain from practicing any form of iaido in our dojo. We only practice Tendo-ryu sogobujutsu
time to time. Tameshigiri
is practiced only by kenshi of our dojo skilled with a sword in iai or kenjutsu.
As for jodan same applies to tameshigiri — a proper teacher is required. You have to learn iai prior commencing a tameshigiry practice. We highly recommend to cast an eye over following manuals:
For those of you who seeks a samurai spirit or philosophy known as samurai code, which you shan't looking for at our dojo
, you may find this Hagakure
book by Yamamoto Tsunetomo very entertaining (version by Alex Bennett
), or famous zen monk Tokuan Soho’s work
, who actually introduced the concept of mushin
to kenjutsu, as well as the monumental work of Japanese literature Daibosatsu Toge
by Kaizan Nakazato. It is good to know who were the samurai, the answer you may find in Japan the Ultimate Samurai Guide
If you find Japanese swords concerned with beauty and you are into the crafting and maintaining process you should visit very interesting source of information made available by Usagiya
sword-craftswomen. You may also like the following books about swords through the years:
Thanks to efforts of our friend – Japanese sword collector you are able to visit an online exhibition
of very interesting and rare weapon collection.