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Amherst Iaido

San Shin Kai


Iaido literally means "the way of mental presence and immediate response."  It is a form-based martial art practicing the techniques of drawing, cutting, and re-sheathing the katana, the curved Japanese long sword. Although incorporating a number of different actions, Iaido forms emphasize the combination of drawing the sword with striking one's assailant.  While the martial application of this skill is not a part of modern society, the mental and physical qualities it cultivates (calm presence of mind; a relaxed, supple, and balanced body) are powerfully relevant to everyday life.


Samuel Kanner is yondan (4th degree black belt)

in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido. He began his Iaido

training with the late Marion Taylor, godan (5th

degree black belt) in 2004. A practitioner of

several martial arts, Samuel is Director of

Martial Arts at Hampshire College.



Monday, 7:30-8:45pm

Wednesday, 7:30-8:45pm



Adults: $50/month

Students:  $30/month

Aikido of Amherst Members:  $40/month



If you are interested in Iaido practice, please contact Samuel Kanner at

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