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Weapons training is an integral part of martial arts training at Newcastle Aikido. This training can be extrapolated to everyday self-defence situations and deepens our physical embodiment and understanding of all facets of Aikido.


Occasionally, taijutsu (the body art of Aikido) will be combined with weapons training to expose the student to disarming techniques. 


Three designated weapons classes are offered, where students can become familiar with handling a bokken (wooden sword) and a jyo (wooden staff).


Occasionally, taijutsu (the body art of Aikido) will be combined with weapons training to expose the student to disarming techniques.




Iaido is a separate martial art, and yet complimentary to Aikido training. It is studied in large part for the same reasons as weapons work with bokken and jyo: for what it reveals about the roots of Aikido as a martial art. However, many practitioners practise Iaido alone.


Iaido is a graceful practice involving the use and etiquette of the ‘katana’, or Japanese sword. It is more focused, and slower paced, than Aikido and most other martial arts. There are fewer movements but they are sought to be perfected, thus it can be a meditative exercise, which takes great concentration.


Iaido practice promotes coordination, fitness, mental discipline and focus.

The style of Iaido practised at Newcastle Aikikai is Batto-ho, as well as some classes in Musō Shinden-ryū, Shindō Munen-ryū and Komei Juku Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryū (M.J.E.R) Iaijutsu.



MJKER KenjitsU:

Komei Juku Iai-jutsu is the art of classical Japanese swordsmanship under the leadership of Sekiguchi Soke.


Training involves, among other activities, batto (sword-drawing), kumitachi (one-on-one techniques), suburi (sword exercises), and tameshigiri (test cutting). Shinken (live-bladed swords), and bokken (wooden swords), are used in training. Training also envolves Naginata-jutsu which is pole arm similar to the european Halbred and is under the instruction of grand master Shimizu Sensei.


Sekiguchi Soke feels good technique is enhanced and elevated by a regular fitness program and warns of the dangers of not practicing regularly. He will often caution people who may be interested in taking up the practice of Iai-jutsu that it requires a definite decision and commitment to study the art. Both Sekiguchi Soke and Shimizu Sensei travel the world for larger part of the year conducting seminars and teach to all those who wish to learn.


“It is easy to start and easier to quit. In our ryu it is hard to continue but you can persevere if you have the determination to improve yourself as well as your skill,”

Komei Juku Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu will help you to develop,

Concentration, Focus, Self-Discipline, Self-respect, Respect for others, Fitness, Awareness, Confidence, Responsibility, Martial skill.



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