Our Dojo / Group

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 numbers are small, and we seek only those whom wish to truly commit themselves to this practice. Please contact us if you wish to learn more about Mugai Ryu. Potential members will be asked to meet with us before practicing to see if this art is the right fit for you and for us. We look forward to meeting with you to help our art grow!

Our group practices in downtown Winchester, Kentucky. It is in what would be considered the Lexington area for those outside of the locale.

You may contact me at silent.salamander@gmail.com, via phone at (859) 699-3999, or Facebook


Jason Loughran (left) with Sensei Alvarez (center) and Ginger Shank (right) at the Sendokai hosted Gasshuku in Dallas, Texas – October 2016