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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The AJKF maintains the standardized iaido kata and etiquette, and organizes competitions. 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.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A part of iaido is nukitsuke.

Iaido – Wikipedia

At times iaidoka will practice accomplice kata like kendo or kenjutsu kata. Izasa Ienaofounder of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryuis said to have been 7th headmaster of this school. Sakura Ternat has never used the kyu grading system. The Chuden or intermediate style is based on Muso Jikiden ryu, founded by a Onkeibo Chohen of which very little is known. Those who wish to participate in partner practice with wooden swords, can join the training in techniques from Hyoho Niten Ichi ryuwith long, short and two swords.

Fairly recently, Iaido competition has been imported to Europe. History, Culture, and Practice.

Bernard of Clairvaux, Liber ad milites Templi: Associated disciplines One can’t fully understand the sword by solo practice exclusively. International Kendo Federation FIKestablished inan international organization for Kendo, Iaido and Jodo practitioners, which many national Kendo federations are a members of.

The following pictures compare a quality Nosyu iaito approx. Remember that worthless replicas can be ‘made in Japan’ too. Beginners should consult with their teacher before purchasing equipment.


An introduction to Iaido

Practitioners are encouraged to attend as many seminars as they can. In a typical class, there will be times you might wish you were alone. In iaido, the practitioner battles non-material opponents with techniques that today are completely obsolete and devoid of any practical application, and do not even offer the satisfaction of affirming technical superiority over other practitioners through competitive encounters. This will eventually break or shatter, and will have to be converted to a tanto or something similar.

Iaido, in its modern form, is practiced as a competitive sport, [4] regulated by the All Japan Kendo Federation.

Iaido Katas

Since members of the organization were drawn from various backgrounds, and had experience practicing different schools of iaido, there 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. All ZNKR grading tests from first kyu and up are taken either before the ABKF national grading commitee, or during an international seminar like the Nakakura cup or the Ishido summer seminar. An important piece of equipment for the beginner is the obi or belt.

Hyoho practice requires a special type of wooden swords, which cost around yen for a daisho katass. Iai is an art, or perhaps training method, using a real iaieo almost real sword katad solo practice.

Origins Most 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 iairo curriculum.

What is training like? Iaido is an intrinsic form of Japanese modern budo.

To state the obvious, sword drawing techniques must have been practiced ever since swords were drawn. All Japan Kendo Federation. Since member federations of International Kendo Federation FIK uses seitei gata as a standard for their iaido exams and shiaiseitei iaido has become the most widely practised form of iaido in Japan and the rest of the world. They continued teaching the Omori ryu together with the other styles then contained in this ryu. A shinken sharp Japanese sword is generally not recommended for beginners.


The metaphysical aspects in iaido have been iaiso by several philosophical and religious directions.

Nakayama Hakudo was trained in both Tanimura and Shimomura ha which at the time included Muraku ryu, or at least Hakudo is said to have learned this from Hosokawa Yoshimasaas well as Yamaguchi Itto ryu and Shindo Munen ryu another derivative of Shinkage ryu. Through this unification of sense, will, and action, the sword becomes a tool for spiritual development seishin tanren.

The “standard” seitei gata also change a bit each year though some may argue the changes aren’t really changes.

Iaido Katas – Black Belt Wiki

This registraton covers all disciplines of the federation including jodo and kendo. This may be slightly misleading.

Omori combined the kata of Yagyu Shinkage ryu with Osagawara ryu reishiki of which he was also a student. Rather, gaining skill with the sword is the means by which the practitioners achieve their purpose. Retrieved 20 December De laude novae militae. This registration allows students to participate in gradings and seminars. To appropriately perform ktaas kata, iaidoka likewise learn carriage and development [ definition needed ]hold and swing [ definition needed ].