Originally Posted by rokutanda
With regards to your comments regarding Bokken use, that is pretty much the same way of doing things as when I used a bokken, the only difference being we never put the bokken in ones hakama/obi. However, I have seen people use bokken with saya.
Did you use a live blade (shinken) or an iaito (unsharpened metal sword)? You can still cut yourself with the point of an iaito, but the rest of the blade is no sharper than a butter knife. Usually, you don't touch a live blade for a long time in iaido (fairly high up in the dan rankings), simply because it is easy to hurt yourself while doing noto (sheathing).
Anyways if anyone is looking for documented Iaido in NYC, Hooper Sensei, who is rokudan in muso jikiden eishin ryu teaches at ken zen, and Kato Sensei, nanadan in muso shinden ryu teaches at shidogakuin. I have trained with both and they are excellent teachers. Both are highly ranked kendoka as well.
It doesnt matter too much which iaido style you choose between MJER and MSR as testing is conducted by a panel of judges coming from both backgrounds. There are stylistic differences, but everyone learns the ZNKR seitei katas first anyways.