The Way of Iai
Iaido (居合道) or the “Way of Iai” is a means of training the body and mind in the manner of the ideal classical warrior, embodying resolute spirit in the calm comportment of drawing the sword and cutting in a single motion.

Iai primarily translates conceptually, meaning “always adapting, harmonizing, meeting with the environment while prepared to respond to any situation.” Older traditions of combative sword drawing often used more plainly descriptive terms such as battojutsu (抜刀術) or bakken (抜剣 literally “drawing the sword”), nukiuchi (抜き打ち or “drawing and striking”), and others. All described an austere practice of mental and physical organization and weapons manipulation allowing the practitioner to instantly deploy a sword in either attack or defense, often at very close quarters including while grappling.

The Muso Shinden-ryu (夢想神伝流) practiced at School of Budo is a modern art of Iai with deep classical roots, founded by Nakayama Hakudo in 1932. Nakayama was a highly regarded swordsman and teacher in Japan in the early 20th century. He based his Muso Shinden-ryu on studies in two branches of the Hasegawa Eishin-ryu (長谷川英信流) which in turn traced its lineage back to Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (1542-1621) whom some consider to be the founder of iaijutsu (居合術).

Iaido Instructors

Jaff Raji
Head Instructor

Jaff has been a fulltime Budo student and instructor for more than 20 years. He is ranked Godan in Aikido, Kuden in Iaido, and Shomokuroku in Jodo. He teaches seminars year round on an international schedule that includes more than 15 countries. He studied aikido with Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei and traveled to many seminars as his assistant. Jaff studies Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido with M Tiki Shewan Sensei, and Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo with Pascal Krieger Sensei. In addition to leading Ecole de Budo RAJI, Jaff is an instructor of the European Federations of JODO and IAIDO. Previously he was National Technical Manager for the French Federation of Aikido and Budo (F.F.A.B).

Michael Selin
Advanced Instructor

Michael Selin began training Judo under Tsai Sensei in 1989 in Taiwan. During this same period, he also began training Aikido in 1991 under Lee Ching Nan Sensei, and received Shodan with the Taiwan Aikido Federation and the Aikikai in Japan in 1994. In 1997 He received his Shodan with the USJI in Paramus, New Jersey under Harry Glackin Sensei. In 2000 he met Jaff Raji and began his training with the Ecole De Budo. Michael received his advanced instructors license from Raji Sensei in 2008. He started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007, and received his blackbelt from Tim Cartmell in 2017. Michael has also taken classes in Extreme Close Quarters Concepts and related methods from Craig Douglas and firearm courses from Mark Brinski.

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