Hayward Aikido   Martial arts school


Iaido (the art of drawing the sword) traces its origins to the late 16th century in Japan. It was developed by Hayashizaki Shigenobu. Though an established fact that some Iai-jutsu was practiced within other schools prior to Hayashizaki’s birth, he is credited with the creation of the system of Iai which we know today as Muso Shinden Ryu, which was actually developed based on a vision that Hayashizaki received in a dream, and which he referred to as Batto-Ho. The traditions and forms of Muso Shinden Ryu were transmitted through successive generations of swordsmen, amoung them Nakayama Hakudo Sensei, commonly recognized as one of the two foremost martial artists of the Meiji Era (O’Sensei being the other).

One of Nakayama Sensei’s foremost students, Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei, established himself in Tokyo and continued the teachings of the Muso Shinden Ryu as transmitted to him by Nakayama Sensei. The Iaido we practice at Hayward Aikido is past down from Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei to T.K Chiba Sensei and W.I. Shibata Sensei down to J.D. Sandoval Sensei.

The Iaido we practice at Hayward Aikido is Iai Batto-Ho (Sword-drawing method), which combines the three major disciplines (aikido, Batto-Ho and Zen) in order to establish the martial root and culture within our practice.

The techniques of Iai Batto-Ho are derived from two major schools within Japan. From Muso Shinden Ryu we utilize the 12 techniques of Shoden (Omori Ryu)  the 10 techniques of Chuden and the 10 techniques of Okuden. From Shindo Munen Ryu we incorporate the 12 forms and use them as our Tachi Iai (standing forms).