Sword Seminar June 2021

Sword Seminar at Last!

On June 26th US Budokai Karate’s iaijutsu (swordmanship) school, known as Hangestsu Dojo (Half-Moon School) was honored to host the first post-COVID sword seminar with Chairman and So-Shihan of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai (KNBK), Carl Long Hanshi.

Hangestu Dojo is honored to be an affiliate dojo of the KNBK.  The school teaches Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu (MJER).  Simply put, iaijutsu is the art of drawing the sword and this beautiful tradition can be traced back over 450 years.  Detailed information about the KNBK, its founders and teachers as well as the history of MJER over the centuries can be found here: Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai click here

Students today study sword to sharpen their mind and character as well as their fighting skills.

Honbu Dojo, where you can find Long Sensei when he is not travelling,  is one of the most traditional and beautiful dojos I’ve ever had the opportunity to train at.  Even a glimpse of the garden is worth the trip to Kingston, PA!  You can visit Sensei’s Dojo here: Sakura Budokan

Over the weekend we were pleased to host members from other affiliates – East Coast KNBK Dojos including:

Shindokan Budo Dojo of Stonington, CT  and NYC Budo of Bayside, NY, we are also grateful for all the support from Joshima Budo of Providence, RI and elsewhere across the East Coast!!

We were pleased to also welcome new friends – members from  Byakkodan Dojo of New York, NY who study Toyama Ryu.  It’s always wonderful to share new experiences with fellow swordsmen!!

A hard day’s training and “skinship” (to quote Sensei) was had by everyone. For me, a new and even deeper appreciation has formed for my fellow budoka.  I can’t wait until the next time!

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS must be extended to my long-time students Maureen Skinner and Edward Sean Buckley for their advancement to Shodan-Ho!!   Well done!

Looking for more information on Hangetsu Dojo of Clifton Park, NY – click here: Hangetsu Dojo

Russ Jarem

Hanshi Russ Jarem, 8th degree black belt

Susan Warzek

Kyoshi Susan Warzek, 7th degree black belt

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The US Budokai Karate is centrally located in the Capital District Area in Saratoga County, New York at 215 Guideboard Road, Clifton Park, NY  12065.


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 (http://www.knbk.org)

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.

No prior martial arts experience is needed.  Interested in learning more about us?  Please message at renshisue@usbka-cp.com