Samurai Sword Class NYC

Ripley Gier Studios

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In a Nutshell

Drop-in classes blend mind, body, and spirit through education in wielding single-edge swords and performing the "perfect cut"

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Promotional value expires Mar 6, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price for 1 class may apply. Must be 15 or older. Classes must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A sword demands the utmost respect from its wielder, lest it grow dull from constantly repeating, "That's Mister Sword to you." Keep your blade quiet with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

$28 for three samurai-sword classes (a $75 value)

$119 for five samurai-sword classes and a sword to take home (up to a $260 value)

Students begin their training by learning the feel of a wooden practice sword, curved to imitate the blade of a traditional Japanese katana. Through rigid repetition of the basics, pupils advance to cutting with dulled metal blades and, eventually, sharpened brands called shinken. Organized by experience, classes are open to both beginner- and intermediate-level swordfish and humans.

Sword Class NYC

When not producing works of educational theater in New York, New Jersey, and California, Sword Class NYC instructor Raab Rashi arms students with practice blades and the self-confidence, focus, and respect to wield them properly. During both group and private classes, Rashi teaches a martial-arts style known as Siljun Dobup, translated as "real sword training," which demands both mental and physical focus to draw the weapon from its scabbard and perform a smooth, swift cut. A test, held every two to four months, provides diligent pupils with the opportunity to advance in rank up to the maximum level of fourth dan, earning an official certificate and the ability to dice vegetables just by furrowing a brow. Additionally, Sword Class NYC has recently started offering youth sword classes once a week to students from 8–14 years old.

Sword Class NYC

As featured in the New York Times, each of Sword Class NYC's instructors have over a decade of experience as a student of the sword, using that knowledge to arm students with practice blades and the self-confidence, focus, and respect to wield them properly. During both group and private classes, instructors teach students various forms of sword and armed martial combat that demand both mental focus and physical endurance. Additionally, Sword Class NYC offers youth classes 4 days a week.

Customer Reviews

I've only had 1 class, but the teacher is well-organized in his thoughts & pleasant to learn from. And knowledgeable. I like it!
Angel D. · January 9, 2013
It's amazing, everyone is really patient and friendly. I haven't shut up talking to my work colleagues,friends and family about how good it was.
Patrick H. · July 31, 2014
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So glad you enjoyed yourself! See you in class!
Merchant replied · August 15, 2014
Definitely a well run class. Instructors were detailed in there instruction and friendly.
Rhan D. · July 25, 2014
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    Ripley Gier Studios

    520 8th Ave.

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    New York, NY 10018


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