Iaido (pronounced ee-eye-do), is the traditional martial art of Japanese swordsmanship, which evolved from the combat techniques of feudal Japan into the modern system of movement and poise practiced today.

As Iaido has evolved over the years, two equally important elements of practice remain. One is the art of drawing the sword and cutting in a single move. The other is the correct etiquette and manners regarding the handling of swords as well as all aspects of behavior necessary for strict practice and intense study. Iaido is practiced in the form of katas (sequence of codified moves).

Each class starts with a warm up training session during which several techniques are shown and performed as a group. Students will then practice on their own under the Instructor's supervision.

Iaido is a martial art that requires concentration, precision and technical research to detail it is sometimes referred to as “moving Zen”. In the practice, concerns about everyday life fades to leave only the quest for the perfect movement. Mental focus, timing and proper distance are developed through study and repetition of the ancient forms. The benefits of the practice are numerous.

Kenosha Aikikai is a member dojo of Kiyoikaze Iaido Federation and teaches Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido under the direction of Claude Berthiaume Shihan who succeeded Mitsunari Kanai Shihan as Technical Director.

If you have an interest in practicing Iaido in the Racine-Kenosha area, please come to our dojo to watch a class and ask questions. For more about Iaido, you may wish to read this interview with Kanai Sensei.

Iaido Schedule

Tuesday: 8:15 p.m -9:15 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Iaido Fees

Monthly Class Fee: $50.00

Aikido Members: $25.00

Kiyoikaze Membership
Annual Dues: $20.00

Chief Instructor:

Justin Zelinski

Justin Zelinski, 1st Dan, Iaido