The Weapons classes consist of instruction in the weapons of aikido, including Bokken (wooden sword), Jo (staff), and Tanto (dagger); students do not learn how to "fight" with these weapons, but instead practice paired partner forms, using the weapons as tools to explore aiki principles such as combative distance, posture, position, awareness etc. Variations of the weapons forms will also be explored to aid in the students' ability to improvise.
Iaido is the Japanese martial art of drawing a sword, requiring smooth and controlled movements for drawing and sheathing the sword. Through training in these movements and other manners, learners improve themselves and their characters. Such a martial art, with a series of movements from a sitting position to drawing the sword to sheathing it, is very rare, existing only in Japan. Each iaido organization has its own dan (grade) system. After training, learners perform kata (patterns of movements) and take exams (written or oral exams depending on the organization) to acquire titles, such as hansi, kyoshi, and renshi. 10th dan hanshi is the highest grade, and the highest goal. (Each organization has a different goal.) From Wikipedia Japan
Currently Tommy Chia sensei is practising the Iaido art of Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū. He will share and introduce this art to all interested students of Aikido Academy. At present he holds a Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū.