The Way of Harmony in Existence
The Iai is the art of handling the Japanese sword. It is at the very heart of the Japanese classical martial arts, since the katana was the symbol of the warrior caste and, as such, occupies a central place in the history and culture of this country.
The practice of iai consists in seeking absolute dexterity in the handling of this weapon by the exercise of katas (sequences of movements), designed to guide the practitioner towards the harmonious use of his energy, weapon and body. Each kata is composed of four phases: nukitsuke (the offensive strike), kiritsuke (the main cut), chiburi (the lapping of the blade), notô (rebalancing).
This work is prolonged by the practice of kenjutsu, in which the student is armed with a bokken (wooden saber) and faces a partner in defense and counter-attack exercises.
The style of iaï taught at Shung Do Kwan is called "Muso Shinden ryu" and originated during the Edo period, but it is master Nakayama Hakudo (1869 - 1958) who establishes the current codification. This system, at once sober, elaborate and pragmatic, is composed of 4 sets of katas (for a total of 43 katas) divided into three levels, shoden, chuden and okuden.
The Shung Do Kwan group is affiliated to the European Federation of Iai (FEI), whose main internship takes place every year in Geneva and brings together about a hundred practitioners from all over Europe. It is this entity that passes examinations and issues diplomas and teaching certificates.
The Shung Do Kwan classes are taught by Master Pascal Krieger, a practicing teacher since 1969, trained in Japan by Master Kuroda. He is assisted by two assistants with more than thirty years of practice to their credit.
Practices gather practitioners of all levels and begin with a collective practice of basic techniques and then katas. The lesson is then divided into workshops of different levels and ends with the kenjutsu.
The training uniform consists of a wide pants (hakama), a robust canvas jacket (uwagi) and a belt (obi) for the saber. The training saber (iaïto) is not sharpened; it is only when the practitioner has acquired a certain dexterity that he can use a real sword (katana), he must also have a wooden saber ( Bokken) for the practice of kenjutsu.
The beginner is not, however, required to acquire all of this equipment immediately, and visitors wishing to take a test course may borrow a sword from the club.
Ki Ken Tai Ichi
(The energy, the saber, and the body are only one)
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That's it ! The school resumes and with it the courses at the dojo! As all sections do not resume at the same time (some as of today and others as of September 4th), we invite you to contact the sections or the secretariat directly to find out when your section is back!
After the water damage at the Liotard Dojo, the city decided to close the dojo completely during the holiday period in order to replace the floor.
This does not mean the end of the training because most sections have introduced alternatives (including other training places) to continue the courses!
We invite you to contact your section representatives to find out what your section has set up and what will be the exact date of the re-entry.
If some of you would like to get business in their lockers before the start of the work and the complete closure of the dojo, we invite them to do so before the end of this week!