WHAT WE DO:
The Fujiyama School teaches Toyama Ryu Iai Batto Jutsu, a style developed for the Japanese Military in 1925, and Shinto Ryu Iai Batto Jutsu, a style from the early 17th centry, a time when Japan was still a feudal Nation.
The use of a Japanese Sword is not something that can be learned overnight, the methods and techniques take years to master and understand, a journey many of us start but never complete.
The Japanese Sword is an awesome weapon and there are many myths and stories surrounding it.
At the Fujiyama School we will learn to appreciate its simplicity and understand the way the Japanese Sword is used correctly, the proper stancesk, grip on the weapon, the correct way to draw it from the scabbard and how to the scabbard after use.
We teach the more advanced student Tameshigiri (Test Cutting) this is performed on straw mats, only through these techniques can you tell whether your cutting is correct and effective, it also lets the studenht feel the sensation of using the sword for the purpose it was designed for, cutting. Additionally we teach Okinawan Kobojutsu, the use of Okinawan weapons including, the Bo, Tonfa, Sai, Kama, Tekko, Tinbe Rochin and Furijin. These weapons techniques help in the use of the sword in stances and movements, once you have learned a weapon well you will see its weaknesses and will be able to defeat it.
We try to keep the training relaxed, we find this way students learn quicker and with less pressure. The School is kept small so that each student can benefit from personal inhstruction and help in developing their skills, each member is a valued part of the school and everybody helps everybody else. All the students are involved in the running of the club, even down to our website, and should you wish to join the Fujiyama of Iai Batto Jutsu you will not only be joining a Sword club in Norwich, you'll be joining a family with its roots in Japan.