Steve Chriscole

Iaijutsu teacher

Based in
Wigan, United Kingdom
Steve Chriscole | Iaijutsu teacher

Rates: £5 per lesson or £20 per calander month (in advance)

Make an enquiry Phone: 07595 690882

I am Steve Chriscole (3rd dan Iaijutsu, 1st dan Karate). I teach Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu (Some call this Iaido) having founded my club in Wigan in 2005. The style is a classical Japanese martial art which teaches firstly drawing and cutting with the katana (Japanese sword). You will also learn sword handling and use skills and strategy. Please visit the club website for more details. My Teacher is Renshi John Lovatt (6th dan Iai) from Stoke-on-Trent.

Group Classes

Iaijutsu Weekly Lesson

It's a: 
Manley Street Community Centre,
Manley Street, Lower Ince, Wigan, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Every Thursday Evening, 7.30 to 9.00pm



I began my study of Iai during 2000 with the Eikoku Roshukai. I decided to move on and found a new teacher Renshi Lovatt) and I have been with him ever since. I have attended European seminars with IMAF (Japan) and have been taught on these seminars by Kenji Tosa (10th dan Iai) and others.

In our system, we study both modern and classical Iaijutsu drawing and cutting techniques. We also study paired Iaijutsu kata, such as Tachi uchi no kurai.

The Sets of kata taught are:

Batto ho no bu (modern)
Batto ho oku iai (modern)
Omori Ryu (classical)
Tate hiza no bu (classical)
Tachi waza oku iai(classical)
Iwaza oku iai(classical)
Bangai no bu oku iai(classical)

Tachi uchi no kurai (paired kata)

Various Kumitachi exercises

Nov 2000


I began training in Karate back in 1979 but because of serving in the military, and a bad accident, I never really progressed. I began training again in 1999 and studied a wide variety of martial arts besides Karate (Iaijutsu, Aikido, Jujutsu, Aikijujutsu, Bojutsu, Kenjutsu). I continued my studies in Karate, helped by my other studies. I gained my Shodan (black belt) in 2004 and continued my studies by researching Karate history and the origins of Shotokan. At the same time, I researched a number of Shotokan kata as to meaning and applications.

Kata of interest are:

Heian 1-5
Bassai Dai
Tekki 1-3
Kanku Dai
Chinto (Gankaku)

My interest now is in the application of kata to self defence (or offence) in both historical and modern day situations.

Jun 1999


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


You will be fully insured and will have the opportunity to join the International Martial Arts Federation (Japan) if you wish.

Make an enquiry Phone: 07595 690882

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