Mugai Ryu Iaido

Authentic Samurai martial art of the Samurai with the Katana

Niina Soke - Mugai Ryu

Mugai Ryu Iaido is an old, authentic martial art of the Samurai. It was founded 1693 and passed on by generations. The deep connection to Zen and plain beauty of the style, create the characteristic calmness and sharp awareness.

Mugai Ryu Iaido is “cutting Iai”. All techniques have to cut and must be effectively usable in real fight situation. This demand is nowadays rarely seen in other Iaido schools.

Mugai Ryu

The Dojos in the Mugai Ryu Europe federation teach Mugai Ryu Meisha Ha under grandmaster Niina Toyoaki Gyokudo Soke. We are the official representative for the whole of Europe.

Mugai Ryu Training contents are Kata, Kumitachi and Tameshigiri. The training takes place in a quiet, focused and respectful atmosphere. The students will get taught step by step into the Bushido, as a way of Zen-Buddhism.

Kata (Forms) are trained with real swords. Until the Master degree, or Dan level, Iaito are used. Iaito are training Katana made of steel, but not sharpended. Kata training helps the Iaidoka to work on his posture, charisma and presence.

Kenjutsu is the training with the partner and starts with fixed technique-training sequences and is expanded to Kendo-like sparring later on.

The last aspect is Tameshigiri, the cutting test, in which the student learns to cut with a real sword.