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Iaido, the way of the sword, is a martial art that began as on offshoot of Kenjutsu, arts of swordsmanship. It was developed as a defensive method to counter surprise attacks in 15th and 16th century Japan.

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Kendo, the way of the sword, is a modern martial art based on ancient kenjutsu. The word Kendo is made of the characters ken (sword) and do (way or path); a way of life following the practice of Kendo.

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Kobudo (ancient martial arts) is a term that is used to describe Japanese martial arts that predate the Meiji restoration (1868). The term is contrasted with Gendai budo  which was developed after the Meiji Restoration.

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New Courses!

Kendo Kids

The Kendo Kids program’s aim is to introduce children to the philosophy and practical techniques of kendo. The focus is on physical training and discipline, as well as the sport of Kendo (Japanese Fencing).

Private Classes

The Institute of Budo Studies is currently offering private classes in kendo, iaido, and kobudo. This course is the fastest and most efficient way to learn all of the intricate technical and philosophical details of the arts. Private classes are open to all ages and levels.