Samurai Sword (Iaido)


Date & Time: Thursdays, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

Location: RESOBOX Studio (44-02 23rd Street, Room 210, Long Island City, NY)

Buy Now: 1 class $255 classes $10010 classes $200

NEW! First time learning Iaido? Bring a friend along and get a 50% refund when you attend the class together!

Trial sessions for this class are now available! $15 for 30 minutes with prior registration.

What is Iaido?

All levels of experience are welcome, and all materials will be provided.

Iaido is a form of modern budo (way of the warrior) that is based on the traditional sword techniques of the samurai, who ruled Japan during the Tokugawa Period from 1603 to 1868. The essence of iaido is to draw the sword, defeat your opponent and re-sheathe the sword. All of iaido practice consists of kata for both solo practitioner and for partners using wooden swords.

Iaido evolved as a safe means for learning sword techniques. As such, it is very polite and intended to cool, rather than arouse, emotion. As the Tokugawa period progressed, iaido evolved to become a means of attaining a state of meditative mindfulness and aesthetic expression, all the while retaining its deadly practicality.

Don’t forget to join the RESOBOX Iaido & Jodo Facebook Group to stay up to date!

About the Instructor

DEBORAH KLENS-BIGMAN has studied iaido for over 25 years. Her original teacher was Otani Yoshiteru, an Osaka native and descendant of the samurai class who moved to New York after World War II, with whom she studied Muso Shinden Ryu iaido until his death in 2004. She holds dan (black belt) rankings in three styles of iaido, and has studied other weapon arts, including jodo (stick), kyudo (bow) and naginata (glaive). She also spent several years studying modern fencing and rapier and dagger fight choreography. Deborah also studies Japanese classical dance at RESOBOX with Shihan Fujima Nishiki-No (Helen Moss), and writes a budo blog for RESOBOX.

She is the chief instructor of Iaikai dojo and has published numerous articles on dance and Japanese swordsmanship and their relationships to traditional aesthetics. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. She is married to artist Vernon Bigman and lives in the Bronx, NY, with four cats who definitely own the place.

Demonstrations & Other Activities


December 7: SAMURAI Night at Coffeed

July 29: Shofuso Summer Camp

June 16: Philly Shofuso Father’s day

May 18: Long Island Port Washington Sakura Matsuri

May 9: LaGuardia Asian Festival

May 4: Asian Festival in Flushing

April 14: Philly Sakura Matsuri

April 13: Sakura Matsuri Roosevelt Island

April 12: Baruch College

January 26: Philly Library Demo


September 22Jodo Seminar with Dan Pearson and Richard Strausbaugh

(Video Interview – Japanese Budo in The World 1)

August 16: About book – Asian Martial Arts: constructive thoughts and practical applications

July 30:  Kids Summer Camp at Shofuso

May 16 & 19:  LIC Arts Open

April 21Roosevelt Island Sakura Matsuri


November 30: Iaido demo at Laguardia

September 11:  Jodo Seminar with Peter Boylan

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