The Katana or Japanese Sword. This is the symbol of the samurai’s skill and status. The kenjitsu (use of the sword in combat) and iajitsu (drawing or deploying stategies of the sword) systems are both taught at Total Ryu. We use a boken or wooden sword for instruction until the student is skilled enough to practice with a real blade. Blocking, striking, movement, drawing and sheathing are just some of the techniques that are taught. The student will also learn combat principles, empty hand against sword defense and much more.