Muso Shinden Ryu

Instructor: Ron Mattie, 4th dan Iaido, 2nd dan Kendo, 8th dan Wado-Kai Karate, 8th dan W.T.K.A.


Wednesday (Beginner) 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Wednesday (Advanced) 6:45-8:15 p.m.


Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre
(Single or Family Membership good for all activities at CJCC)
$30/year (Single)
$50/year (Family)
Canadian Kendo Federation annual fees
(insurance, tournaments and grading)
$35 / year
Per month $40

Hamilton CJCC Iaido follows the Muso Shinden Ryu tradition. Iaido is the way of drawing and attacking with a sword in one instantaneous action. The Iaido “way” includes perfecting Japanese style sword drawing techniques as well as developing oneself emotionally and spiritually. It is performed as a prescribed sequence of techniques against single or multiple imaginary opponents. Showing proper etiquette and developing exact technique through intense concentration and serenity are what distinguishes Iaido from other sports. Since this is a mastery over oneself without an actual opponent, Iaido is an excellent martial art for an older person who is seeking personal development. Some of the benefits or practising Iaido include:

  • Developing self-control and security
  • Developing respect for yourself and other people. This was commonly referred to as character development.
  • Learning about the Japanese culture.
  • Gaining friendships with active and interesting people.
  • Learning about the mental states and physical realities necessary to perform Japanese sword drawing at a high a level as you are prepared to develop yourself.

New members and beginners please email Ron Mattie at rmattie@vaxxine.com before attending your first Iaido class to ensure he brings enough equipment.

Please contact Sensei Ron at rmattie@vaxxine.com for specific Iaido questions and the CJCC for more general questions.

We hope to see you there!