Toyama Ryu can trace its roots back to traditional Samurai swordsmanship and it blends classical and modern thinking into progressive 21st Century Japanese swordsmanship. Toyama Ryu Iaido is a style that is appropriate for all ages and degrees of physical abilities. Through this martial art practice, we learn how to honor a mindset of gratitude, forge the spirit, and learn true Japanese sword techniques.Toyama Ryu Iaido is a style that is appropriate for all ages and degrees of physical abilities. Join a class today!
What is Toyama RyU?
Morinaga Kiyoshi Sensei
Founder of Toyama Ryū Iaidō Kai
Toyama Ryū Iaidō refers to the military sword method (guntō no sōhō) that was developed at the Toyama Army Academy (Rikugun Toyama Gakkō) and used by the Japanese Army in battlefield combat during the Taisho and Showa eras. Toyama Ryū Iai is also considered the “last Iai”, as it was the last sword methodology to be used in real military combat. Therefore, Toyama Ryū Iaidō is a standing sword methodology, its essence is the practical and daring technique of the cleaving cut (ittō-ryodan) to train both the sword, body, and mind.
After the war, the head instructor of the Kenjutsu Department at the Toyama Army Academy, Morinaga Kiyoshi sensei, founded the Toyama Ryū Iaidō Kai organization to help preserve this last martial sword method as a cultural heritage for future generations and to promote an effective martial art for developing bushidō spirit (Way of the samurai).
The Toyama Ryū Iaidō Kai is headquartered in Kyotanabe, Japan, and all USA branches are members of this organization.
Toyama Ryu Iaido is a style that is appropriate for all ages and degrees of physical abilities. Morinaga Kiyoshi Sensei wanted to make practical sword training available for all people, beginners and experts, men and women.
What we teach?
The aim of Toyama Ryū Iaidō is to acquire a quick and reliable killing Iai, to gain victory over the enemy in the unannounced moment of drawing and striking with the sword. Our goal is to honor a mindset of gratitude (礼), forge the spirit (精神), master the powerful technique of the decisive cleaving cut ittō-ryōdan and attain the innermost teachings of the life-giving sword (活人剣).