Preserving an Ancient Sword Art

Hangetsu Dojo, located at US Budokai Karate of Clifton Park, is dedicated to teaching the ancient art of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu and is the only school of its kind in Upstate New York.  Iaijutsu, also known as iaido, is the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship.  Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu has a direct lineage dating back over 475 years.  Hangetsu Dojo is a proud affiliate dojo of the Kokusai Nippon Budokai (

Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Lineage

The 20th headmaster of our branch of Iaido was Miura Takeyuki Hidefusa, Hanshi, Jyudan (10th dan black belt) and founder of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-kai (Japanese Ancient Weapons True Spirit Association) and Chairman Emeritus of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai (International Japanese Martial Ways Association).

The Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai (KNBK) began the tradition of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu iai-jutsu outside of Japan under the instruction of Masayuki Shimabukuro, Hanshi, Hachidan (8th dan). Hanshi Masayuki Shimabukuro was a direct student of Miura Takeyuki and had studied Iaido for over 37 years.  The KNBK continues today under the leadership of Chairman and So-Shihan Carl E. Long.  Hanshi Long has been unanimously confirmed as the rightful heir of this MJER line of succession by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.  Hangetsu Dojo is lead under the instruction of Susan Warzek, Sensei – a direct student of Long Sensei who currently holds the rank of nidan (2nd dan) with the KNBK and whose rank is also certified under the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.

What does the practice entail?

The art itself emphasizes traditional practice and is comprised of three main elements:  waza (solo techniques), katachi (paired patterns using a wood sword), and tameshigiri (cutting using a live/sharp sword on rolled mats).  All three of these, plus the practice of sincere etiquette make up the core of the practice. 

Iaido requires precision and deep concentration during practice which themselves require self-discipline and sincere personal commitment on the part of the student.  As a reward for those efforts students can find physical, mental, and spiritual growth.  Finding a relaxed and peaceful state of mind that transcends the practice into every day life is one of the greatest challenges and gifts iaido has to offer the modern day swordsman.  These emotional and spiritual benefits make the ancient samurai practice even more relevant today.

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