Zoku Iaido Kyokai
The Tiger Family Iaido
Association (Tora Zoku Iaido Kyokai) was formed by Grandmaster Martin to perpetuate the Art of
Iaido. Training is held at the headquarters school twice a month on the
first and third Thursdays.
is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of
drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing
blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard.
was written by Grandmaster S.L. Martin, Hung, Jin, Hu:
in antiquity, the feudal weapon of close quarter combat known as a “sword”
has found a permanent place in the history of ancient and modern warfare.
Found and used as a weapon on six of the seven continents, the sword
found itself being used as the premier weapon from the Bronze Age to the
modern age of steel metallurgy.
sword however, has instilled more fascination, mystique, and code of honor in
its owner, the Sword of Bushido – “The Katana” of Japan.
Known throughout Asia as the primary weapon of the “Bushi”, or
warrior class, the Japanese sword was revered, as the weapon believes to
contain the soul of the person who wielded it.
art, craftsmanship and lethal power of the “katana” still instills awe and
amazement to modern practitioners of the modern arts of Iaido and Kendo.
The sword still carries an air of respect relative to its tradition, as
swords are continually being used at many military ceremonies and graduation
tradition of the sword, and its use as both a weapon and a symbol, has far
outlived the deeds of the warriors whose skills brought the weapon to such
prominence. Our goal and mission
as modern warriors is to perpetuate the code by which those great masters
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Classes are offered at Tsuru Ki
in Iaido to anyone interested in learning the ancient art of the
Japanese sword. This class is open to anyone regardless of
style or rank. This class is offered as a separate curriculum.
We do not offer ranking in this art.
Tiger Family Iaido Association seeks to promote awareness and
appreciation of Iaido and Kendo and its philosophy of
discipline, integrity, and respect. The TFIA is a not for profit organization.
promote an understanding for the culture of the Iaido and Kendo
through educational purposes.
promote the spirit and practice of Iaido and Kendo by means of
traditional classes and seminars.
Association is committed to encouraging the highest ethical
standards and, through practice, the development of
self-discipline and character.
TFIA does not provide grading/rank. However, the TFIA will
recognize the association member for hours of training by
issuing certificates of participation in seminars and clinics.
train students to a high standard, providing expert instruction
to all those who wish to take up iaido and kendo as a
strengthen associations with other dojo that practice these
arts, both nationally and internationally in
a spirit of mutual co-operation for the benefit of Budo.