I’ve got a sword – can I use it for practice?

It depends on two things – the type of sword, and the level of the practitioner.

If you have a good quality iaito (blunt-edged training sword) that is meant for practice, then generally yes, you can use it in the dojo. Please note, though, that so-called ‘battle-ready’ swords are generally of inferior (and therefore unsafe) build quality. We will not allow these swords to be used.

If you have a shinken (live-edged sword), we will allow its use only by practitioners of a good level of ability and understanding of iaido. We do not allow absolute beginners to use shinken, both for their sake and those around them.

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