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.

UK Mugai Ryu iaidō dōjō

Welcome to Southend-on-sea dōjō website

Welcome to the UK's first Official Mugai Ryu iaido Dojo in the UK, established spring 2014

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.

If you are interested in Japanese swords or genuine 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.

The term/phrase 'iaido' appeared in 1932 and consists of the kanji characters 居 (i), 合 (ai), and 道 (dō). The origin of the first two characters, iai (居合), are believed to come from saying Tsune ni ite, kyū ni awasu (常に居て、急に合わす), that can be roughly translated as "being constantly (prepared), match/meet (the opposition) immediately". Thus the primary emphasis in 'iai' is on the psychological state of being present (居). The secondary emphasis is on drawing the sword and responding to the sudden attack as quickly as possible (合).

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

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Martial arts in Essex, based in westcliff on sea our Japanese iaido dojo teaches mugai ryu iaido sometimes referred to as iaijutsu. Iaido and iaijutsu are not iai batto jutsu however the martial art sword kata (techniques) will involve specific elements of iai batto jutsu, we have martial arts students from Basildon, Benfleet, southend on sea, rochford, grays, laindon, Chelmsford as well as other areas in essex who practice in our westcliff dojo. Ninjutsu sometimes used interchangeably with the modern term ninpō is the martial arts practiced by the shinobi commonly known Japan as ninja.  Ninjutsu was more an art of tricks, than a martial art Ninjutsu also practices in the dojo shurikenjutsu, kenjutsu, sojutsu, bōjutsu, and other Japanese martial arts weapons. Togakure-ryū claims to be the oldest recorded form of ninjutsu, and claims to have survived past the 1500s as taught in the genbukan and bujinkan schools of ninjutsu in essex. Ninja training or ninjutsu was often studied along with Bugei Jūhappan the eighteen samurai fighting art skills. Though some are used in the same way by both samurai and ninja, other techniques were used differently by the two groups (ninja martial arts were an adaptation to surprise attacks at night, in the back or ambush and at espionage to stun the enemy for escape in case of detection). Ninja fought in the lack of space.


Our dojo is the dojo for Japanese swordsmanship in Southend-on-sea our friendly dojo caters for the experienced or beginner. We are the first UK Mugai ryu iaidō dōjō to open and our support, tuition and guidance runs through Europe to Japan -

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Over 18's only
We do have a policy of accepting mature students aged between 13 and 17 years of age.

"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.

Kenjutsu techniques can be compared to the strategies of warfare, while batto-jutsu or kendo can be compared to shooting range techniques. As in the Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi, a kenjutsuka (a practitioner of kenjutsu) relies on the conditions of the ground, light source, as well as the opponents' capabilities, before implementing a practical attack. The attack is not set on any particular weapon or move to capitulate, nor is there a predisposed target or trajectory. Any exposed part of the opponents body is a possible target (as in Musashi's "Injuring the Corners"). The most basic cutting technique, used in kendo and, particularly, in Eishin-ryū is kesagake or kesagiri. It is a downward diagonal cut, once used to cut the enemy from shoulder (collar bone) to waist (hip-bone). Openning the front rib-cage.[10] To be effective, a kenjutsu strike/or counter-strike is a composition of several techniques: feigning, cutting, jabbing, thrusting, parrying or binding, footwork, choice of weapon, and even knowing the opponents weapon. It was mentioned that once Musashi realized the physics of the chain-and-sickle (kusarigama) , he was then able to defeat it. The feigning techniques are effective movements of the weapon, footwork, center of gravity, and even the use of kiai. Applied effectively, the opponent is set-back one move, while creating an opening elsewhere. The feigning technique should be angled to allow a quick direct shot from this position. Only sufficient practice will perfect these techniques and teaching to convey the training of proper reflexes. There is not much time to think during a skirmish or battle. A fluent continuation of techniques must be deployed to manage even multiple opponents. One second per opponent is too long. Managing an army should be treated the same way. A practical understanding of the body, weapon and timing is necessary to be able to dispatch a strike or counter strike whether standing, walking, or rolling around the ground (or whether an army is attacking or retreating). There is no time-out or ready position. It might be a fight under minimum visibility or total darkness. When striking range is reached, reflexes dictate the outcome.