NZKR Seitei iaido and Mugai-ryu Iaihyodo
The New Zealand Mugai Ryu Dojo is an Iaido dojo in Christchurch, New Zealand. We were established in 2006 as the only dojo doing Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Seitei Iaido in the South Island at the time. We train in ZNKR Seitei and Mugai-Ryu [our koryu]. We also run a free volunteer Kendo training programme and sometimes do tameshigiri as part of our training as well.
The aim and focus of training at the NZ Mugai Ryu Iaido Dojo is a pursuit of Budo. Training is for the ideals of enlightenment through the use of the sword, which means the pursuit of Iaido is to make yourself a better person. We aim to practice Iaido as much as possible as dojos in Japan do, by using the sword techniques, training ways and philisophical understandings of the Samurai to help us progress towards this goal. Iaido is about learning to be in harmony and have a correct balance in your life as much as it is about sword technique. By studying and practicing traditional Japanese sword techniques as they have been handed down, directly through generations of Sensei and deshi, and now to us, we too can benefit from these teachings and philosophy.
In training you are expected to be always trying to improve yourself by doing your best and listening to instruction, respecting your sensei, senpai, the history of the art and all those around you.
In our dojo we try to balance every aspect of Iaido appropriately as it is meant to be. The sword techniques are practiced faithfully, respect is shown naturally. There is a calm atmosphere and care is taken to always be polite and show respect at all times. When you are training and when you are resting, it is important to make the discipline you learn in the dojo a part of your everyday life.
We accept any person who is serious about learning the art into the dojo and in Iaido there is no advantage to be had in either age nor gender. The most important thing is mental maturity. People have various reasons for starting Iaido, which is fine, but be prepared to evaluate your philosophy in order to improve yourself. Iaido isn't a scary shouty rype of Martial arts training, which in some ways requires more self discipline, but it also means that the learning curve is not as steep either. Learning happens right through your training life, so there is no hurry.