Traditional Sword Program

Aikido Warrior Fudoshin Dojo offers a traditional weapons training program for those interested in studying traditional sword arts (Iaijutsu) as part of their Aikido studies or as an independent field of study in itself.

Sword 3Our Fudoshin Iaijutsu program was developed by Jeremy Gehrke Sensei as a method of teaching the principles of sword-based combat, and applying those principles to unarmed combat. It can be learnt by all fitness levels and walks of life .

Aikido is often referred to as the “Way of the Sword with No Sword”. Fudoshin Iaijutsu combines the teachings of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu and Aikido to follow the path laid out by O-Sensei.

Fudoshin Iaijutsu classes are  held on Wednesday evenings.  Training times are 7.30pm – 8.45.  All classes are taught by Jeremy Sensei.


  • Brief Bio – Jeremy Gehrke Sensei

Sword 1Jeremy Sensei started his martial arts career at the Aikido Republic Dojo before becoming a founding member of Aikido Warrior Fudoshin Dojo in 2013. Over the course of his studies he has become a student of Daito Ryu Aiki-jiujutsu Takumakai and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu (MJER) Iaijutsu. He applies his knowledge of sword and weapon-based techniques to his Aikido, and continues to study the Koryu arts with the aim of proven martial effectiveness.

  • History of Iajutsu

captureMuso Jikiden Eishin Ryu was first created by Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu (1546-1621), who is attributed as creating the martial art form known as Iaijutsu (Sword Technique). The 7th Headmaster of this school adapted the teachings to match with the development of the katana (long sword). Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the ruler of Japan from 1582-1598, awarded the school the title “Muso Ken” meaning Peerless Sword.

Over the last 450 years the style has been directly transmitted from Headmaster to Headmaster, and is now the most common sword school in Japan. Jeremy was a direct student of the 21st Soke Sekiguchi Takaaki (Komei), as well as Shimizu Nobuko, Soke of Ryoen Ryu Naginata Jutsu.

  • sword 4 What to bring to a class?

Training uniforms (gi) are ideal but not essential – please wear loose, comfortable clothing. No shoes are worn on the training mat. Bring a drink bottle – filtered water is available to fill it up.

  • Class times

Classes are  held on Wednesday evenings.  Training times are 7.30pm – 8.45.  All classes are taught by Jeremy Gehrke Sensei.

  • Contact details for further information

Email:  Telephone: 042 884 5297

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