Tameshigiri: The art of Sword Cutting Workshop

June 11, 2017

15:00 - 19:00

444 Dufferin Street Toronto, ON M6K 2A3


Learn the ages old art of sword cutting with a live edge katana in this Tameshigiri workshop.

Each participant will be taken through safe practices, proper form and sword technique. Under full supervision, Students will have the opportunity to practice cutting with practice swords before moving to sharpened katana and prepared cutting targets.

No previous martial art or weapons experience is required and all skill levels are welcome.

What is Tameshigiri?

Literally translated, it means “test cut” and it was traditionally the common practice for testing Japanese swords. This session will focus on the activity in order to develop focused, present, mind and body awareness. It’s a serious practice but it’s also exhilarating and fun.

What should I wear?

Our only restriction on clothing is that close-toed shoes are required; otherwise you’re welcome to wear whatever you’d like. We recommend avoiding high heels, and wear something comfortable and loose enough to allow for a full range of movement.


Jason began training in Yoshinkan Aikido in 1999 with Reg Sakamoto Sensei and also became a student of Mits Karasawa Sensei, Alan Shumak Sensei, and Takeshi Kimeda Sensei. In 2004 he began training in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu with Creagh Dermot Sensei and returned to Toronto in 2005 and began training in Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu with Reg Sakamoto. In 2009 he traveled to Japan to train with Iwami Soke and began teaching Niten Ichi Ryu in 2010.


$60 per attendee: includes use of Katana and two prepared cutting targets. Additional targets can be purchased for $15 each. Space limited to 30 participants.

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