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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Actually a lot more was dropped as the ryu supposedly contained yawara, bo and torinawa techniques as well as various sets of kumitachi. Omori had also studied under Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Eishin Hidenobu but was thrown out over a personal conflict. A shinken sharp Japanese sword is generally not recommended for beginners. Muso Jikiden Eishin ryu and Tamiya ryu for example at least have a headmaster, but you have to iaidl to Japan to train with them.

Iaido Katas

The Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei also created the Kendo no kata, a set of partner forms using wooden swords, which are kafas for kendo promotion although whether this is observed in practice is also debatable.

Iaido does include competition in form of kata but does not use sparring of any kind. Most other member federations of the FIK have followed suit, excluding Iaido. Also, when speed is eventually attained, it is generally not by moving faster, but jatas moving less, eliminating what is superfluous.

This competitive aspect has been strongly pushed during the last couple of years. In the 20th century the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei created a set of iaido katas, known as the seitei gata standard forms.

While there are some living 9th dan practitioners of kendo, the All Japan Kendo Federation only currently awards up to 8th dan. Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard or sayastriking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard.

For other uses, see IAI disambiguation. The International Martial Arts Federation IMAF was established in Kyoto in and is dedicated to the promotion and development of the martial arts worldwide, [23] including iaido. This part of the lineage crosses many other styles said to derive from Hayashizaki. Iaido is a primarily mental activity, demanding extreme focus, control, and alertness. New techniques were added such as hayanuki and bangai.


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 Muso ryu.

Iaido Katas – Black Belt Wiki

Some sure signs you have a bad replica: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. One can’t fully understand the sword by solo practice exclusively.

Views Read Edit View history. Iai is an art, or perhaps training method, using a real or almost real sword in solo practice. Because iaido is practiced with a weapon, it is almost entirely practiced using solitary forms, kats kata performed against one or more imaginary opponents. Organisations which on the international level include iaido are following organisations:.

Modern kendo is almost entirely governed by the FIK, including the ranking system. Iaido started in the mids. Origins Iairo traditional sword schools primarily use partner practice with wooden swords as training method, and solo practice with the sword which may or may not be referred to as iai is usually a minor part of the curriculum.

While a bit smudgy from much use it shows absolutely no signs of loosening. The New York Times. At the death of Oguro Motoemon Kiyokatsu the ryu split into two branch school, the Tanimura ha and the Shimomura ha. 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. Since members of the organization were drawn from various backgrounds, and had experience practicing different schools of iaido, there arose a need for a kataa set of kata, that would be known by all members of organization, and that could be used for fair grading of practitioner’s skill.

Iaido is most often translated as the way of harmonious living, the art of adapting to circumstance, or the way of being here and now. Practitioners are encouraged to attend as many seminars as they can. Katas start and end with sheathed sword, and hence involve the drawing and sheathing of the sword. Because of this non-fighting aspect, and iaido’s emphasis on precise, controlled, fluid motion, it is sometimes referred to as “moving Zen.


Equipment can be borrowed during the first stages of your training. You can get a very basic iaito for around Some of these are even unsuitably shaped for use, for example, I once saw a replica sold iaidp ‘iaito’ that looked suspiciously like a ‘UC gold katana’ where the kurigata was placed so far from the koiguchi that a proper sayabiki was impossible with it.

Remember that worthless replicas can be ‘made in Japan’ too.

One of his best-known students was Tamiya Heibei Narimasu founder of Tamiya ryu. The term ‘iaido’ approximately translates into English as “the way of mental presence and immediate reaction “, [9] [12] and was popularized by Nakayama Hakudo. From Kataas, the free encyclopedia.

Find out more at the Sakura Ternat site. For jodo practice a higher quality bokuto is recommended. Omori combined the kata of Yagyu Shinkage ryu with Osagawara ryu reishiki of which he was also a student.

This registration allows students to participate in gradings and seminars. They also make competition possible. Tamiya ryu founder Tamiya Heibei Shigemasu was also 2nd headmaster of Shimmei Muso ryu how anyone managed to pass on 2 styles is left as exercise to the readerand from his teaching derive also the Shin Tamiya ryu, Jikyo ryu and Mugai ryu the latter two having merged later. Little is known about him, but his supposed students originated most of the Iaido styles practiced today.