the Iwanami Dojo, we teach Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido founded
by Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu over 450 years ago. Iaido or iaijutsu
is the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship which emphasizes simultaneously
drawing and cutting in a single fluid motion. Iaido requires extreme
precision and great devotion to detail in its techniques and demands
tremendous focus and discipline.
The curriculum of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu
Iaido encompasses three main pratices. First, that of solo waza
involving specific situational defense and offense. Second, tachi-uchi
no kurai which are paired patterns of attack and
defense using a bokken (wooden sword). Last, the pratice of tameshigiri
which is the actual cutting of tatami or bamboo
targets with a shinken (live steel blade).
Iaido by its nature is non-competitive. However, the perfection
of technique and skill is both physically and mentally
challenging. Despite the fact the Iaido is more at home on the streets
of feudal Japan, students find that Iaido training offers
some very real modern benefits. Practitioners often report after
training of being
in a calm and relaxed state, having
a greater sense of well being, and having a good time. Whether your
interest is from the movies, Japanese anime,
Kendo or you were once a little boy wielding a stick, Iaido has
something to offer you.