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Test Cutting Specialty SAMURAI Course

Machida, Japan

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Experience hosted by Yoshioki

90 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Japanese

What you'll do

This experience is specialized for tameshigiri(test cutting).
In this lesson you will try the most basic and fundamental cut the migi kesagiri (right side downward diagonal cut).

When you first arrive to the dojo you will change into a traditional training uniform called a keikogi. Guests will learn the basic history of Japanese swords and how they are manufactured.
After that, you will practice how to swing a katana (sword) using a blunt practice sword.
With any cut, the most critical aspect is the hasuji (angle of the blade).
If you can cut skillfully, there will be no feeling of resistance from the material being cut. However, if the angle of the blade is slightly off, you will not be able to successfully cut through the material or you may cut through the material but will experience a shock to your hands.

Now it is time to try test cutting.
First, we will test your blade angle on a hanmaki (half of a tatami roll).
Next, you will try cutting the thicker ichimaimaki (one tatami roll).
Finally, you will challenge yourself with a futomaki (two tatami roll)or yokonarabi(two tatami side by side).
You can choose futomaki or yokonarabi at the dojo.
Cutting futomaki or yokonarabi can be extremely difficult for people with no experience but with good instruction it is possible.
If the angle of your blade is correct, you will be able to cut even a futomaki or yokonarabi.
Other things to note
You are to handle sharp cutlery during lesson,
please do not drink alcohol before coming to dojo.
This experience is specialized for tameshigiri(test cutting).
In this lesson you will try the most basic and fundamental cut the migi kesagiri (right side downward diagonal cut).

When you first arrive to the dojo you will change into a traditional training uniform called a keikogi. Guests will learn the basic history of Japanese swords and how they are manufactured.
After that, you will practice how to swing a katana (swo…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Keikogi (Practice uniform)/Mogito (Blunt Practice Sword)/ Bokuto (Wooden Sw...
From £74
/ person
Sun, 6 Dec
19:00 - 20:30
£74 per person
£74 per person
Mon, 7 Dec
08:00 - 09:30
£74 per person
£74 per person
Tue, 8 Dec
08:00 - 09:30
£74 per person
£74 per person

Meet your host, Yoshioki

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 10 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I hold the rank of 6th degree instructor in Zen Nihon Toyama Iaido Renmei (ZNTIR).I am an instructor at ZNTIR's headquarters as well as a practitioner of traditional Japanese horseback archery which is called yabusame.
I have 22 years of experience in both swordsmanship and yabusame.
I work towards promoting and transmitting authentic Japanese culture to the world and future generations.
The experiences I provide are not a form of entertainment or performance.
There are many instances were groups or teachers take advantage of foreign visitors’ lack of knowledge about Japanese culture and provide them with a pseudo experience. I sincerely believe this is wrong and only teach authentic Japanese Swordsmanship and spirit. For those who wish to have a proper experience, or want to study authentic kenjutsu, please come join one of my lesson.
I hold the rank of 6th degree instructor in Zen Nihon Toyama Iaido Renmei (ZNTIR).I am an instructor at ZNTIR's headquarters as well as a practitioner of traditional Japanese horseback archery which is called yabusame.
I have 22 years of experience in both swordsmanship and yabusame.
I work towards promoting and transmitting authentic Japanese culture to the world and future generations.
The experiences I provide are not a form of entertainment or performance.
There are man…
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Where you'll be

The Toyama school of swordsmanship was originally taught by the old Japanese army and was the last kenjutsu to be used in actual combat.
It was developed by combining the specialties of various sword schools.
Under normal circumstances, this type of thing would never have happened.
You can experience it at the honbu dojo (headquarters).
Please come even if you have already had a samurai or ninja experience.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 10 reviews.

Kevin
November 2020
Yoshioki is an absolutely phenomenal teacher who clearly has a passion for what he does. The learning experience was second to none and with his level of expertise you could easily say it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn real Samurai sword skills from a professional. While it may seem out if the way, it was only a single train ride from Tokyo followed by a short walk. The experience exceeded every expectation I had and I highly recommend you give it a try if youve ever considered an experience such as this.
Yoshioki is an absolutely phenomenal teacher who clearly has a passion for what he does. The learning experience was second to none and with his level of expertise you could easily…
山本
November 2020
はじめての体験でしたが、Yoshiokiさんがとても楽しく丁寧に教えてくれるので、不安など感じずにワクワクしながら実践できました。 お話を聞きながら自分でも体を動かすことで、改めて武士の凄さを実感できます。 外国の方はもちろんですが、日本の方にも是非体験してもらいたいです!
Fatma
January 2020
Although this place is bit outside of the city centre I would definitely say it is worth the travel. This was the best experience me and my partner had. Yoshioki was very friendly and welcoming. He has authentic and real knowledge of samurai swords and techniques. He is very calm and teaches at your pace, always making sure that you are safe. Our favourite part was the cutting of the bamboo mats ofcourse. He really paid attention to how we could perfect our technique. In the end my partner and I could cut through the bamboo like samurais. Great teacher and great value for money. Would definitely recommend you to try out a session with him. Thank you Yoshioki!
Although this place is bit outside of the city centre I would definitely say it is worth the travel. This was the best experience me and my partner had. Yoshioki was very friendly…
Jamie
December 2019
The experience was even better than I anticipated. The information shared about swords, the history and handling added to test cutting. We felt encouraged and really loved the test cutting portion. Definitely would recommend.
Arthur
November 2019
Great experience with a true Katana and Budo Sensei. Yoshioki is a true Master and a Gentleman !!! Highly recommended to anybody interested in Japanese Culture,Budo and Martial Arts. You will enjoy it !!!
Dale
September 2019
Sensei Yoshioki was phenomenal; both as an expert instructor and as a human being. My wife and I consider ourselves truly lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know him and learn from him. This experience should be a top priority for anyone with an interest in Japanese culture, history, Samurai, and/or martial arts.
Sensei Yoshioki was phenomenal; both as an expert instructor and as a human being. My wife and I consider ourselves truly lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know him and l…

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  • Sun, 6 Dec
    19:00 - 20:30
    £74 per person
  • Mon, 7 Dec
    08:00 - 09:30
    £74 per person
  • Tue, 8 Dec
    08:00 - 09:30
    £74 per person
  • Wed, 9 Dec
    08:00 - 09:30
    £74 per person
  • Wed, 9 Dec
    19:00 - 20:30
    £74 per person
  • Thu, 10 Dec
    08:00 - 09:30
    £74 per person
  • Fri, 11 Dec
    08:00 - 09:30
    £74 per person
  • Fri, 11 Dec
    19:00 - 20:30
    £74 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Drink , Camera