Iaidō (居合道), abbreviated with iai (居合), is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes being Iaido is for the most part performed solo as an issue of kata, executing changed strategies against single or various fanciful rivals. Every kata starts.

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Iaido is an intrinsic form of Japanese modern budo. The “standard” seitei gata also change a bit each year though some may argue the changes aren’t really changes. The quality tsuka on the right is wood, covered with genuine samekawa ray-skinand tightly wrapped.

Also, when speed is eventually attained, it is generally not by moving faster, but by moving less, eliminating what is superfluous. Iai is an art, or perhaps training method, using a real or almost real sword in solo practice. A jury compares the performance and declares kaatas winner.

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Even people who think they have a pretty good idea what Iaido is about, are surprised to hear there exist other katas besides ZNKR seitei mae. This will eventually break or shatter, and will have to be converted to a iido or something kayas.

Retrieved from ” https: After the collapse of the Japanese feudal system in the founders of the modern disciplines borrowed from the theory and the practice of classical disciplines as they had studied or practiced. All dojos, that are members of the regional Kendo federations teach this set.

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Iaido. Muso Jikiden Eishin ryu and Tamiya ryu for example at least have a headmaster, but you have to go to Japan to train with them.


Retrieved on November 13, Through this unification of sense, will, and iaidl, the sword becomes a tool for spiritual development seishin tanren.

Another related practice is iai giri or tameshi giri, cutting objects mostly inanimate to improve cutting technique. Muso Shinden ryu contains two or more, according to whom you ask sets of partner forms, the tachi uchi no kurai standing forms and the tsumi ai no kurai seated formsHowever, these are not very widely practiced, and there is even some doubt on their authenticity, given the important differences iaodo the iaiido part of the ryu.

A wooden sword can be had cheaply for around 10 euro. Retrieved 20 December Just about every one of them additionally concentrate on more seasoned school created amid seventeenth century, in the same way as Muso-Shinden-ryu, Hoki-ryu, Muso-Jikiden-Eishin-ryu, Shinto-Munen-ryu, Tamiya-ryu, Yagyu-Shinkage-ryu, Mugai-ryu, Sekiguchi-ryu, et cetera.

In DNBK officially approved and recognized the Japanese discipline, iaido ; [20] this year was the first time the term iaido appeared in Japan. One of his best-known students was Tamiya Heibei Narimasu founder of Tamiya ryu. Not all kendoka practice Iaido, and many iaidoka don’t practice Kendo. Casual observers are often confused by the many moments where nothing seems to happen and the swordsperson is apparently taking a little break.

The name consists of iru beingai harmonyand do path. De laude novae militae. This competitive aspect has been strongly pushed during the last couple of years.

What is training like? Like Hakudo, Oe practiced both Tanimura and Shimomura ha and is sometimes named as kkatas 15th headmaster of Shimomura ha. After the war it became obsolete, but was revived after Thus, while the ultimate aim of Iaido is not how to learn to kill with a sword, during practice the practitioner is totally focussed on eliminating the imaginary opponent as efficiently as possible within the parameters of the kata.

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Iaidoka are regularly prescribed to practice kendo to safeguard that battling feel; it is normal for high positioning kendoka to hold high rank in iaido and the other way around.

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While the term “meditation” is often associated with the practice of Iaido, I think it is an unfortunate choice of words; “intense focus” or “concentration” are probably much more appropriate.

The most practiced ryu in Belgium is Muso Shinden ryu, which was founded in the 20th century, and whose current succession is unclear, if not non-existant.

This style emphasizes the most important aspects of drawing and cutting. Actually a lot more was dropped as the ryu supposedly contained yawara, bo and torinawa techniques as well as various sets of kumitachi.

By imagining lines connecting the corners of the “diamonds” in the handle wrap, you can get an idea of the amount of care applied by the respective craftspersons.

Multiple person kata exist within some schools of iaido; consequently, iaidoka usually use bokken for such kata practice. Oe Masamichi, 17th headmaster of Tanimura ha, fixed the name of the Tanimura ha at Muso Jikiden Eishin ryu and made many changes.

This is generally not encouraged for children under 14 since they can’t grade anyway or beginners with very irregular training attendance or who don’t want to attend seminars.