Aikido de la Montagne, in addition to teaching aikido, follows the tradition of teaching iaido as an independent art. The dojo regularly offers introductory sessions in iaido to beginners from 15 years of age and up. These sessions start on a fixed date and last for 3 months. Please consult our schedule, and if necessary, contact us to find out whether it is possible to start at another time.
Under the direction of the chief instructor, Claude Berthiaume, the introductory sessions allow you to develop a solid base to progress in the art of drawing the sword, attacking an adversary, and sheathing the sword again. Beyond physical exercise, iaido demands intense mental concentration.
Four Iaido classes are offered for students of all levels. It is possible to take a free trial class in one of these four classes (see Free Trial Class section below).
Wearing a gi (judo or karate style) is mandatory after the first trial class and wearing a hakama (pants worn by the Samurai class) will soon become essential. As for the iaito (steel blade sword), we encourage you to get one quickly to improve your practice. If you do not have one, we will provide you with a bokken (wooden sword) in the meantime. We can help you choose your iaito.