Mugai Ryu
Iai Hyodo

In order to understand the true purpose of Mugai Ryu, one must train for 30 years, then 30 years more, then 30 years more.

Classes Resuming in Chicago

We are happy to announce that classes at our Chicago branch will be resuming!

Currently, we will be having class at the Japanese Culture Center from 9:00-10:30 AM CT. Classes will be limited to 5 students, and strict cleanliness protocols must be followed. If you are a current member, please check the forum for updates to our procedures.

If you are not currently a member and would like to begin classes, please contact the Japanese Culture Center office for our introduction class availability. We have made some changes to the intro class structure and slots are extremely limited.

Thank you to everyone for your patience as we work through this!


Now that we are nearing the end of the Illinois Governor's stay-at-home directive, we will be looking to resume classes at the Chicago Dojo in a way that is safe and productive.

Current students

Please continue checking the forums and keep an eye on your inbox for updates on classes. If you have any questions, please reach out in the forum

New students

We will be creating a waitlist for new students at the Chicago Dojo in order to maintain reasonable class sizes. We will also be discussing options for an introduction class, but that may have to wait until fall.

Thank you to everyone for their patience!

Continued Class Suspension

Due to the ongoing condition of the city and the continued shelter-in-place directive for the city of Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to continue our suspension of classes until further notice. Again, please check back regularly for updates.

Members can check the forum for additional updates and information.

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Our Mission

To cultivate our minds and bodies in order to improve the world we live in.

Our Values

Integrity, honesty, loyalty, discipline, and perseverance.

We push ourselves to be the best we can be, and by doing so, inspire others to do the same.

Our Path

We have set ourselves on a path to bring the practice of this powerful, old and beautiful style of swordsmanship into the 21st century. We invite you to walk this path with us to learn what it is to be a swordsman.