Iaido is a Japanese samurai sword system of swordsmanship traditional martial arts in southend-on-sea essex, iaido is similar to iai batto jutsu or batto do whereby genuine Japanese swordsmanship is effectively taught in Essex, iaido students travel as far from basildon iaido, wickford, rochford, laindon, for the study of kenjutsu in essex. Our southend on sea martial arts dojo is based locally for all routes from the A13 and A127. Mugai ryu is the style we practice, there are other styles of iaido, or iai jutsu or even kenjutsu such as muso shinden ryu or muso jikiden eishin ryu or perhaps seiti, however Mugai ryu is a very different martial art. Other Martial arts such as ninjutsu or ninpo tai jutsu do not specialise is traditional Japanese swords if you are looking for genuine Japanese sword lessons then iaido is the only true authentic fighting art of the samurai. Historically the samurai servants, with different social class structure, however the modern understanding is not as accurate as history will show. The samurai did on occasion employ sword teachers of different styles to improve the quality of the samurai. Ninjutsu is an ancient art of the ninja shadow warriors of Japan. It is a unique method of moving and thinking which developed a system often referred to us the art of winning as opposed to other martial arts club in essex. Taijustu is the basic defence method used effectively counter to any given defence situation and is unique to Ninjitsu or ninja martial arts. Ninjitsu is a complete fighting system dealing with the Physical, mental and spiritual aspects of student development. Techniques cover locks, throws, shinto ground fighting, multiple attacks, and modern weapons and all types of traditional Ninjitsu weaponry. Iai batto jutsu or Japanese fast draw of sword.

Mugai Ryu iaidō

Welcome to Southend-on-sea iaidō dōjō website

We are located in Southend-on-sea, Essex. If you are interested in learning iaido or kenjutsu please contact us through our webpage, or call the dojo number below.

Please call 07835 435 369 to arrange your introduction lesson.




If you are interested in Japanese swords or authentic Japanese martial arts please contact us
Everyone is welcome, we operate an open door policy to everyone interested in joining our dojo. Persons aged 13 to 17 years must have parental consent, as the use of swords is involved in this martial art.

Iaido can be described as the art of the Japanese Sword and is a non-combative martial art that involves no direct physical contact or combat with other individuals. It is suitable for both men and women and mature minded teenagers that understand the techniques involved.


Some martial arts clubs and schools have a made up sword syllabus, this is far from authentic. Anyone wishing to pursue genuine Japanese swordsmanship should question the lineage and the lineage must be Japanese and currently taught in Japan as a recognised form of swordsmanship.

The last character, 道, is generally translated into English as the way. The term 'iaido' approximately translates into English as "the way of mental presence andimmediate reaction", and was popularized by Nakaylace the suffix -jutsu (術) ("the art of") with -dō (道) in Ja

iaidō - kenjutsu - tamashigiri

Our dojo is the dojo for Japanese swordsmanship in Southend-on-sea our friendly dojo caters for the experienced or beginner.



"There is nothing other than the One True Way
Heaven and Earth profit from this single Virtue
The fluttering feather knows this secret
To be settled during confusion is to be enlightened and pure".

Kasumi Shintō-ryū Kenjutsu or Shinto-ryu Kenjutsu, is one of the names used to describe the collection of sword-versus-sword training-forms known in kata in our martial arts dojo for the long and short sword found exclusively in the Japanese martial arts system Shintō Musō-ryū (SMR). The system comprises 12 standing forms, 8 of which are for the longsword (Odachi) and 4 with the short sword (kodachi). The terms used are Shinto ryu iaido or Shinto ryu kenjutsu to describe kasumi Shinto ryu Up until the mid-19th century there seems to have been no known name for the tradition, it simply being referred to as "eight long sword and four short sword forms". The tradition came to be known as Shintō-ryū kenjutsu in the mid-19th century by research made into the history of SMR by the SMR-practitioner Umezaki Chukichi. Kasumi Shinto ryu kenjutsu will be in our dojo syllabus from late 2016 to early 2017 and hopefully meifu shrinkage ryu shuriken jutsu. Kenjustu is sometimes used in other martial arts dojo to describe ‘freestyle Japanese swordsmanship of which is inaccurate as a description and as a martial art, kenjutsu is a fast pace kata with two person, who practice the repeated same sword technique to improve speed and timing. Many ninjutsu dojo teach ‘kenjutsu’ and use the term kenjutsu to describe made techniques that have no historical background – Some practitioners of ninjutsu and other jujutsu dojo have recognised this and have located a traditional Japanese sword dojo for accurate historically traditional lessons.