Iaido was practiced daily by the Samurai to hone their swordsmanship and their reaction time. These exercises promote mental and physical fitness in the practitioner. The Iai-Tate-do system was developed by Hanshi Kiyoshi Yamazaki. Upon his retirement, the system was passed to his favorite student and loyal friend Roger Jarrett. Jarrett, in honor of his instructor, renamed the system Shoshin Yama Ryu. Shoshin (correct mind) Yama (Mountain) style.

To Learn And Retain The Skills Of The Martial Arts:
  • Classes must be attended on a regular basis.
  • Self control and discipline must be displayed.
  • Student must practice their techniques at home.
  • Private lessons available when additional help is needed.
Self Control And Discipline

At USA Martial Arts, we believe that the self control and discipline we teach should be seen in other parts of the student’s life. In order to be considered for rank advancement, a student’s attitude and adherence to our martial arts principles both inside and outside of class is taken into consideration.

All students in the Iaido program are encouraged to participate in our other classes such as Tae Kwon Do/Karate, Judo/Jujitsu and Aikido programs as offered by our Training Centers. Our Weston Center encourages training in Aikido (way of Harmony) on Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 after Iaido and Karate (way of the hand and foot) training on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00. Rank test fees vary and cover the student’s new belt, certificate of promotion, and other test expenses. Our information sheet entitled EXAMINATIONS provides more details about testing and is found in your manual and is hung on the Dojo wall. Yearly association dues are required for the practice of Shoshin Yama Ryu Iaido as part of the USA Martial Arts Federation. Part of these years dues are returned to support your local dojo and to support the federation in its effort to provide us with the best Martial Arts experience possible,