Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo is a classical, or koryu, style of Japanese swordsmanship – it is also referred to as Iaido or Iaijutsu. Our small study group is under the direct supervision of the U.S. Representative Sensei Tony Alvarez of the Senpokan Dojo. Our curriculum includes the following ::
Kata :: Seated, standing, and running forms, practiced solo/individually.
Kenjutsu / Kumitachi :: Paired forms using wooden bokken, using both long and short swords.
Tameshigiri / Shizan :: Cutting tatami (grass-mat) targets with live blades.
Gekken :: Free-sparring with dense-padded weapons/helmets.
It is our belief that these aspects are needed to produce a well-rounded swordsman.
Our group practices in downtown Winchester, Kentucky. It is in what would be considered the Lexington area for those outside of the locale.
Jason Loughran (on the left) with Sensei Alvarez (in the center) and Ginger Shank (on the right) at the Sendokai hosted Gasshuku in Dallas, Texas – October 2016
Sensei Alvarez runs the Senpokan Dojo in Califonia – Jason Loughran operates the study group in Kentucky – Ginger Shank is the wife of Jason Loughran