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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Hayashizaki may have been the first to emphasise the potential mental and spiritual benefits of Iaido training. The most practiced ryu in Belgium is Muso Shinden ryu, which was founded in the 20th century, and whose current iadio is unclear, if not non-existant.

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.

Early history prior to the Meiji Restoration in read more in the article Iaijutsu. Again this is debatable, since advanced practitioners are not only allowed, but actually required to include non-seitei “koryu” katas in grading tests or matches. Iaido is not very well known, and we know of martial arts stores selling totally unsuitable equiment to uninformed beginners.

While in kendo competition for example, you can look forward to meeting exciting new opponents, only the most attention-craving iaidoka consider travelling to a big international taikai worthwhile, since what you get to do in iai competition is not qualitatively different from what you can do in your own dojo: The ZNKR doesn’t grade children under 14, but we have members that started younger and we don’t employ a fixed minimum age applicants are considered case by case.


But a well-constructed iaito will serve you many years and perhaps more importantly, if you want to quit or hopefully want to upgrade to a more fancy sword later, you can sell it to a new beginner with a clear conscience.

A jury compares the performance and declares a winner.

Since members of the organization were drawn from various backgrounds, and had experience practicing different schools of iaido, isido arose a need for a common set of kata, that would be known by all members of organization, and that could be used for fair grading of practitioner’s skill. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Iaido. Trousers zubon are katws 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!

An introduction to Iaido

The style we practice at Sakura Ternat is Muso Shinden Ryu, which is actually a collection of several rather accidentally related koryu styles with a geneaology that could give anyone a headache. List of styles History Timeline Hard and soft. All ZNKR grading tests from first kyu and up are taken either iadio the ABKF national grading commitee, or during an international seminar like the Nakakura cup or the Ishido summer seminar.

Modern kendo is almost entirely governed by the FIK, including the ranking system. New techniques were added such as hayanuki and bangai. Associated disciplines One can’t fully understand the sword by solo practice exclusively.

The tsuka on the left is solid shiny plastic. Casual observers are often confused by the many moments where nothing seems to happen and the swordsperson is apparently taking a little break.

Iaido Katas – Black Belt Wiki

Note also the casting seam on the rim of the tsuba of the wallhanger on the right. The metaphysical aspects in iaido have been influenced by several philosophical and religious directions. Some types of Japanese swords did not have this feature, but quality iaito seem to usually have it.


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. The competitors will be judged by a panel of judges according to the standardized regulations.

Iaido Katas

Single-style federations usually do not have a standardized “grading” set of kata, and use kata from their koryu curriculum for grading and demonstrations. A real habaki as on the iatas is a little work of art and fits the sword snugly. While a bit smudgy from much use it shows absolutely no signs of loosening. They also make competition possible. Competition Fairly recently, Iaido competition has been imported to Europe. The earlier part of the geneaology is also shared with many other styles.

Buying a sword for Iaido iaito Talk to your teacher first! People seem to expect a wild rush of activity, swords being torn out of their scabbards and opponents cut down as fast as the laws uaido physics permit, maybe aktas by some flashy twirls as seen on Highlander. And one can of course spar with bamboo sticks in Kendo.