Iaido and Bokken Training
Iaido encompasses the study of the Japanese swordsmanship, using a two handed sword known as a Katana. Sensei Fred Bateman studied the system called Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and had the pleasure of being instructed by the 19th Generation Hanshi and holder of the Menkyo Kaiden in both Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and Tanimura-Ha of that Ryu. His name was Kaicho Iwata Norikazu.
As part of the Kobudo school Sensei Bateman is able to pass on his knowledge in iaido. However, he stresses that to study the system to its full potential that is beyond the physical mechanics of manipulating the sword and expanding self-knowledge in the study of iaido, the student needs to train in the system on a full time basis thus perfecting the art in its own right. Nevertheless the kobudo student needs to have an understanding of the concepts of the sword and its use in order to defend against it. Therefore, Sensei Bateman has incorporated lessons of iaido and bokken into the students' studies.
In order to train in iaido a student must eventually obtain an iaito (training sword), but can start some techniques using the bokken (wooden sword). Both these weapons can be obtained through Sensei Bateman (please enquire). A link to the sword catalogue can be found on the Links page.
Sensei Bateman shall provide an insight into Iaido to students that want to try this martial art. It is by no way a comprehensive instruction and he will recommend that if students want to take this up on a structured basis they should seek for a more qualified Sensei. These lessons are only for an appreciation and no grading in this art will take place. Lessons are free to all Kodokan Martial Arts students of age 15 and above, shall be held on a kobudo training session on a Monday night at St Anne's Church Hall on the last Monday of each month. This can be found on the calendar – see quick links menu to the right of the website.
As with all the weapons studied in Kobudo the students can learn about the history of the weapon and the weapon itself from the documentation below. To access them you may require a PDF reader, such as free Adobe Reader found on our Home Page.
Some Interesting documents on Iaido