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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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. This page was last edited on 9 Decemberat Every kata starts and finishes with the kagas sheathed.

Iaido – Wikipedia

Attending seminars is considered very important in Sakura Ternat. Omori had also karas under Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Eishin Hidenobu but was thrown out over a personal conflict. We are pretty confident that after a month of regular training you will know whether you could stand to stay with us or not.

Katas start and end with sheathed sword, and hence involve the drawing and sheathing of the sword. Practitioners are encouraged to attend as many seminars as they can. Iai is an art, or perhaps training method, using a real or almost real sword in solo practice. Remember that the simplest things are always the hardest. In the 20th century an extra kata was added to Omori ryu, the names and order were changed, and the ryu was dumbed down a bit to fit its new role as beginner’s fare. Iaido is not very well known, and we know of martial arts stores selling totally unsuitable equiment to uninformed beginners.


Associated disciplines One can’t fully understand the sword by solo practice exclusively.

The Okuden techniques are the oldest if we disregard the mythical foundation of Muso Jikiden ryuand attributed to Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu, who called his style Shimmei Kagas ryu. An iaido competition consists of two iaidoka performing their kata next to each other and simultaneously. Correct technique and spirit is much more important than speed. Note also the casting seam on the rim of the tsuba of the wallhanger on the right.

Early history prior to the Meiji Restoration in read more in the article Iaijutsu. Because iaido is practiced with a weapon, it is almost entirely practiced using solitary forms, or kata performed against one or more imaginary opponents. Most other member federations of the FIK have followed suit, excluding Iaido.

It will fall apart within 6 months when used for training besides being heavy, unsafe, poorly balanced and not being available iqido different lengths. Trousers zubon are not worn under the hakama, so the jacket must be long enough to decently cover the upper legs and again, not have splits at the sides!

Retrieved from ” https: The iaito blade is instead an alloy usually involving aluminium, zinc, copper and other non-ferrous metals. Upon formation of various organizations overseeing martial arts, a problem of commonality appeared.

One of his katad students was Tamiya Heibei Narimasu founder of Tamiya ryu.

Iaido Katas

Iaido is very often misunderstood, even by experienced practitioners of other martial arts. The wallhanger betrays itself by using cheap metal and finish. 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 iaodo authenticity, given the kaido differences with the iai ialdo of the ryu.


A part of iaido is nukitsuke. Sakura Ternat has never used the kyu grading system. Iaido as governed by the FIK establishes 10th dan as the maximum attainable rank, though there are no living 10th practitioners in Kendo, there still remains many in Iaido. Unfortunately opportunities to do so are scarce.

An introduction to Iaido

At the death of Oguro Motoemon Kiyokatsu the ryu split into two branch school, the Tanimura ha and the Shimomura ha. Izasa Ienao izido, founder of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryuis said to have been 7th headmaster iairo this school. However, inthe Dai Nippon Butoku Kai was reestablished and the practice of the Japanese martial disciplines began again.

In Iaido competition, two competitors perform several katas side by side. Again this is debatable, since advanced practitioners are oatas only allowed, but actually required to include non-seitei “koryu” katas in grading tests or matches.

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. Nakayama Hakudo doing Hasegawa Eishin ryu and Tsumiai no kurai.

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