Iaido is a sword-based Japanese martial art that trains the motions associated with drawing a sword from its scabbard or saya, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard or saya. This is all performed with smooth, controlled movements. Our practice is performed with dull practice swords. Use of real or sharp swords is prohibited.
Iaido is performed individually against one or more imaginary opponents in pre-arranged situations (kata). The primary emphasis in Iaido, is on the psychological state of being present. The secondary emphasis is on drawing the sword and responding to the sudden attack as quickly as possible. Starting positions can be from combative postures or from everyday sitting or standing positions. The ability to react quickly from different starting positions was considered essential for a samurai.
Iaido classes are held Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. See our class schedule for more details.