Japanese Swordmanship

Tachi-iai: Toyama-Ryu Iai Batto Do Japanese Swordsmanship is taught
through the University of Martial Arts by Dana Abbott Shihan on Learn The Sword.
Online study allows you to train on your own schedule and progress at your own pace.
If you want to learn Japanese Swordsmanship, LearnTheSword.com is the school for you!

Course Overview

Samurai Sword

Online Training and More

About Shihan Abbott

I’m Shihan Dana Abbott and my expertise is in Kenjutsu, known as Japanese Swordsmanship, where I have earned the rank of Shihan 7th Degree Black Belt.

Who I am, and why study with me?

I became interested in the sword 38 years ago when I was attending ASU. I quit my job, sold everything and went to Japan where the masters and the best schools are located. I enrolled in Nihon Taiiku Diagaku, Tokyo’s esteemed martial arts university.

I learned kendo / iaido / kenjutsu and learned it well. These old school masters from the Showa era were extremely diligent in their teachings. For 14 years I ate, slept and lived my studies. All my training and certification in swordsmanship is through the Japanese Department of Education and Recreation.

During my career I have written and published five books on the Japanese Sword, designed a US Patent for ActionFlex training equipment and created a complete new niche in the martial arts industry. I have conducted seminars in over 30 countries and hold the esteemed rank of Shihan, seventh degree black belt obtained at the Hombu dojo in Yokohama, Japan.

Shihan Dana Abbott

Learn the Sword Without Leaving Home

You don't have to travel to Japan or anywhere else in the world to study the Japanese Sword. You can train in your own home with Shihan Dana Abbott through the University of Martial Arts, here on LearnTheSword.com.

Even if you live in the outback of Australia, if you have internet access, you can study online with one of the best Japanese sword instructors in the world, Shihan Dana Abbott.


Why you'll love our Training Program

Watch on Different Devices Any Time

Watch on different devices including tablets, phones, computers or TVs and train at your own convenience, day or night, week day or weekend.

High Resolution Videos and Training Manual

Videos are high resolution so you can even watch them on your TV. All text and videos are online so you do not need to use a separate training manual.

Access to Your Instructor

You aren't left on your own to simply watch videos, you have access to your instructor.

Other Products

You can purchase other training products by Shihan Dana Abbott to help you on your training journey.

"Just forget everything you’ve seen in the movies and forget everything you think you know!
Master Abbott can show you the true path of the sword in a easy no nonsense way!
It has been my honor and pleasure to know Master Abbott and train with him for over 10 years!
I highly recommend his program whether you’re interested in just learning the sword for fun,
or a serious professional like myself, this is the program for you!

- Sensei John McGonigle Sr.
Martial Arts Hero Factory
Sensei John McGonigle 

The University of Martial Arts

Learn the Sword is part of the University of Martial Arts

The University of Martial Arts, developed by Martial Arts Enterprises,
is online learning where students and instructors
of the martial arts come together to expand their martial knowledge.
We provide every avenue available to facilitate learning.
Online video training allows students to practice what they are being taught
with more proficiency and online access to training materials,
including videos, course manuals and books, enhances martial arts training.

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Watch Videos on Many Devices


Training Program

The Samurai Training Program, teaching Japanese swordsmanship, is a 10 hour, 175 video clip series using the Tachi-iai: Toyama-Ryu Iai-Batto-Do Training and Ranking Tutorials created by Shihan Dana Abbott.

You Will Learn

The Art of Bowing • Gripping & Handling • Kiai = Breath Control • Posture & Demeanor • Stances & Footwork • Drawing and Sheathing • Striking & Cutting Angles • Focal Points & Guidelines • Movements & Transitions • Anatomy of the Sword • Technique Training • Culture & Ritual

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Dana Abbott


Samurai Sports sells Books, Manuals, DVDs, ACTIONFLEX Combative Weaponry including the new premium line of weaponry from ActionFlex; the Kuro-Obi Series.

Programs, Manuals, DVDs ActionFlex

Train For A Dollar A Day

$30 A Month

If you adhere to the guidelines, lectures and labs in the Samurai Training Package,
you will learn everything from basic technique to advanced ritual and protocol.

All you have to do is…

  • Observe the training materials and media.
  • Practice the prescribed tasks, techniques and protocol.
  • Demonstrate the techniques in a progress video.
  • Review the critiqued progress video and continue to practice.

Start Training


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