Special Samurai experience programme to celebrate the WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

This master, the pride of Japan, will lead the experience.
The Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo prefectural governments commissioned Shihan Hogyoku Takeda OSS to make the video.
And this Hogyoku Takeda OSS is from Fukuoka, where the World Swimming Championships take place.

1 You can become a Samurai when you visit Fukuoka!

Hogyoku Takeda OSS
Chairman, Japan’s Largest International Iaido Organisation Hogyokuakai
MUGAI-ryu Iaido Kyoshi 7-dan licence Master

In Fukuoka, there are still samurai practising MUGAI-ryu iai, which has a 340-year history.
They practise the real art of using Japanese swords.
At the top of their game is Japan’s proud master, Hogyoku Takeda OSS.
He is the rightful heir to the licence to carry on the 340-year tradition.
In recognition of his achievements, Scotland awarded him the Order of the OSS.
You can receive his guidance and experience the Samurai experience.
It will be a great time.

The sword used is a replica sword for iaido that is safe and secure even for beginners.
Test cutting with a serious sword requires a skilled technique to handle, as there is a risk of making a momentary mistake and cutting off a finger, or bending the sword.
Even if you insure your experience, you cannot recover if an accident occurs.
The swords used in these lessons are safe for women and children as this does not happen.
Enjoy the extraordinary experience of wielding a sword and becoming a samurai.

Included in the price
Rental hakama (samurai kimono)
Rental sword (replica Japanese sword for iai)

Your child can experience this if they are over 5 years old.
We will guide you through a wonderful time that you will remember for the rest of your life.

2 Programme includes

You too can put on a kimono and learn how to handle a sword under a master who carries on the spirit of the 340-year-old Mugeiryu school of swordsmanship.

No.1 Standard experience plan 

20,000jpy/person(Tax included)

1. changing clothes
2. listen to an explanation of what iaido is (by Master Takeda and an instructor)
3. receive an explanation of the flow of the experience (how to handle the sword safely (the sword is a replica of a sword), how to draw the sword, how to hold the sheath, basic patterns, etc.)
4. test cutting (test cutting is the practice of actually cutting things with a sword)
5. see a demonstration of iaido kata (predetermined attack patterns).

At the end of the experience, you can watch a real iaido kata being performed in front of your eyes.

No.2 Private lesson

50,000jpy/person(Tax included)

About Private lessons
Private lessons are tailored to your needs.
For beginners, it is about showing them how fun iai can be, while for experienced students, it is about using their experience to understand the 340-year tradition of iai.
If you are not just an experienced practitioner, but an experienced practitioner of another style, “there are many schools that have said their relationship with Zen. But ‘my sword is Zen’.”
(Omori Sogen Roshi; Zen priest of the Rinzai sect, Jikishin Kage-ryu Shihan, President of Hanazono University).
In private lessons, the content of the instruction is flexible, which I believe is possible because I have 46 years of martial arts experience and am a licensed Mugairyu iai practitioner.
However, I think it is necessary to have a general outline of the content, which I will summarise below.

Private lessons for experienced practitioners
The following contents will be practised while checking how far the person is able to go.
(1) The true meaning of iai lies in the moment of drawing the sword
Iai is the art of striking without a sword. In most ‘hands-on with the sword’ programmes, you will not learn the art of nukiri. Even in the ‘Trial Slashing Experience’, you start with the sword drawn.
This technique of pulling a Mugei-ryu sword out of its scabbard and cutting is a ‘Nukiuchi’ technique, and the time spent learning it alone is an amazing experience for those who have done it before.

(2) Learning to use the sword to cut the universe
It is said that “the sword of Mugairyu is Zen”. Let’s learn the big form (kata) of cutting the universe.
The form is chosen in light of the person’s previous experience.

(3) Learn the practical art of Mugai-ryu
“Noto” means to sheath a sword. Noto in Mugairyu is a quiet world. It is a rare kind of noto that is not at all flashy.
This is because of the assumption that the enemy may be alive and that the enemy may be hiding in the surroundings.
This Noto is not found in any school and will surprise you.
It is thought that you will feel that Zen-like time and space in the natto.

Private lessons for beginners
While checking the person’s athletic ability, the following content will be practised.
(1) The true meaning of iai lies in the moment when the sword is drawn
You will learn the basics of nakiuchi no bachi.
Start slowly so that you can learn safely.

(2) Learn to use the sword to cut through space
It is said that ‘the sword of Mugeiryu is Zen’. Let’s learn the big form (kata) of cutting the universe.
Mugei-ryu is based on the principle of ‘ippo jitsu mugei’ – there is only one truth of the universe and no other.
This leads to the final kata, which is the abyssal world of Mugai-ryu.

(3) Learning the practical noto of Mugeiryu
You will learn the basic sword techniques. You can forget everything and concentrate. Such a world can only be found here. Beginners will also be fascinated by the samurai techniques connected to the world of Zen.

The world of the Samurai is a world of Zen

No.3 Private lessons with a Japanese sword for iai

100,000jpy/person(Tax included)

The programme includes a replica of the official sword used by Japanese samurai to climb castles as a souvenir.
The most formal swords have black sheaths and handle threads.
You can also buy such swords.
You can also buy such swords.

The above private lessons are accompanied by the finest iai sword simulators.
You can take it home or send it to your home.

At the end of the experience you will receive a certificate of completion of the trial training from the master.

Fukuoka Dojo is a five-minute walk from Hakata Station in the heart of Fukuoka City.

Collaboration with European violin masters.
A meeting of the best of the West and the East.

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Cancellation policy

If a booking is cancelled two days or more before the experience date, a 100% cancellation fee will be charged.

If booking is cancelled 5 days or more before the experience date, a 50% cancellation fee will be charged

If a booking is cancelled 15 days or more before the experience, a cancellation fee of 20% will be charged