Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido

There a very few places in Sydney Australia where people can train the art of Iaido.

Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido is one of the weapons classes that are taught at Bujutsu Martial Arts Centre. It is a legitimate art that originates from Japan and is recognised internationally.

Bujutsu is affiliated with the NSW Kendo Association through to the Australian Kendo Renmei through to the International Kendo Federation. Our classes are the real deal.

Please note that we do not allow beginners to use a shinken (live sword/sharp sword). Iaito’s which are a blunt sword are required.


Iaido is a pattern based sword art.

Our Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido Dan grades are registered in Tokyo, Japan and are internationally recognised grades.

The Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei is the official international organization which exercises general control over and representing Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. It was established by the Japanese government after World War II.

The Australian Kendo Renmei and the NSW Kendo Association are the Australian state and national bodies affiliated with the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei through the International Kendo Federation.

Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido Kata

Ippon me – Mae – Front

Nihon me – Ushiro – Rear

Sanbon me – Ukenagashi – Receive, Parry and Cut

Yonhon me – Tsuka Ate – Striking With the Hilt

Gohon me – Kesagiri – Diagonal Cut

Roppon me – Morotezuki – Two Handed Thrust

Nanahon me – Sanpogiri – Three Direction Cutting

Happon me – Ganmen Ate – Hit to the Face

Kyuhon me – Soetezuki – Joined Hand Thrust

Juppon me – Shihogiri – Four Direction Cutting

Ju Ippon me – Sougiri – Complete Cuts

Ju Nihon me – Nukiuchi – Sudden Draw

Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido Syllabus

Internationally recognised grades are available.

6th Kyu


1 to 2

5th Kyu


1 to 4

4th Kyu


1,3,4,5 & 6

3rd Kyu


1,3,5,7 & 8

2nd Kyu


1,6,7,9 & 10.

1st Kyu


1,4,8,11 & 12

Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt

5 Zen Ken Ren kata selected from katas 1-8 with written paper. Not timed.


The following questions are produced for the selection by the Iaido Board/Chief Examiner for Dan Grade Examinations. Selection is not limited to these questions and members are advised to study all areas of training requirements and supporting information offered by their Instructors/Sensei. The following questions may be asked at any level but the answer is expected commensurate with the level you are being examined to see if it is appropriate for that level. When possible the examination questions should be issued well prior to the examination date so that students can do adequate research and submit a typed response that will be handed in at the Grading Registration table before commencing the practical examination.

  1. State the purpose of learning iaido
  2. Describe the relationship of iaido to kendo
  3. Give a brief summary of the following terms:
    • Metsuke
    • Nuki-tsuke
    • Kir-tsuke
    • Chiburi
    • Noto
    • Ma-ai
    • Zanshin
    • Saya-biki
    • Sei and do
    • Reiho
    • Reigi
  4. Discuss conformity of the mind (kokoro) and will power (kiryoku)
  5. State the details about posture and movement of the feet in iaido techniques
  6. Explain the matter of respiratory control (kokyu)
  7. Explain hand-guard (tsuba) control and making the draw (koiguchi no kirigata)
  8. Give the name of the Founder of your ryu and the names of the various techniques you have learned
  9. List key procedures and warning advice necessary to the safe practise of iaido
  10. List the components on the sword and saya diagram provided

Nidan – 2nd Degree Black Belt

5 Zen Ken Ren kata:.the same kata as selected for Shodan with written paper. Not timed.

Sandan – 3rd Degree Black Belt

6 Zen Ken Ren kata selected from katas 1-10 with written paper. Timed: 7 minutes.

Yondan – 4th Degree Black Belt

1 free choice Koryu kata, plus 5 Zen Ken Ren kata with written paper. Timed: 7 minutes.

Godan – 5th Degree Black Belt

2 free choice Koryu kata, plus 4 Zen Ken Ren kata with written paper. Timed: 7 minutes.

Rokudan – 6th Degree Black Belt

Grading only offered in Japan.

Shichidan – 7th Degree Black Belt

Grading only offered in Japan.

Hachidan – 8th Degree Black Belt

Grading only offered in Japan.

Tamiya Ryu Iai

Tamiya Ryu was founded by Tamiya Heibei Shigemasa during the Tempo Era (1573 – 1591).

Tamiya Ryu Iai is an ancient martial art that has been practised for centuries in Japan and is taught and practised at Bujutsu Martial Arts.

The first set of 11 Tamiya kata are as follows:

Omote No Maki: The Surface (shoden)

  1. Inazuma (Lightning)
  2. Oshinuki (Pin down and draw)
  3. Yokemi (Body protection)
  4. Mawarikakari (Turn and attack)
  5. Mune no katana (Chest sword)
  6. Tsukahazushi (Removing from the hilt)
  7. Tsukitome (Stopping the truts)
  8. Shiranami (White capped waves)
  9. Nigemi (Body escape)
  10. Oitachi (Drive away)
  11. Chojo (The summit)

Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido Katas

Entering the Dojo

Ippon Me Mae

Nihon Me Ushiro

Sanbon Me Ukengashi

Yohon Me Tsuka Ate

Gohon Me Kesagiri

Roppon Me Morotezuki

Nanahon Me Sapogiri

Happon Me Ganmen Ate

Kyuhon Me Zoete Zuki

Juppon Me Shihogiri

Ju Ippon Me Sougiri

Ju Nihon Me Nukiuchi

Leaving the Dojo