Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from it's Saya (scabbard), striking or cutting an imaginary opponent and wiping the blood from the blade before putting it back into the Saya.

                     I = being, AI = harmony, DO = way

               "The way of harmonizing oneself in action"

           Ikigai      "The sense that your life is worth living"

                               Glossary of Terms

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If someone points at your black uniform and asks whose funeral it is, you just look around the room and answer "I haven't decided yet."


ZKNR (Def'nIai – Setei Iai

1. Mae  – Front. Commencing from a kneeling position, forestalling a frontal    attack.

2. Ushiro – Rear. Commencing from a kneeling position, forestalling an attack from the rear.

3. Ukenagashi – Receive, Parry and Cut. Commencing from a kneeling position, parrying an attack from the left.

4. Tsuka-ate – Striking with the tsuka. Commencing from tatehiza, seated position, forestalling two attackers, front and rear.

5. Kesa-giri – Diagonal Cut. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling an approaching attacker.

6. Morote-tsuki – Two-Hand Thrust. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling three approaching attackers, two in front and one behind.

7. Sanpo-giri – Three Direction Cut. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling three approaching attackers, one each to the right, left and front.

8. Ganmen-ate – Hit to the Face. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling two approaching attackers, front and rear.

9. Soete-zuki – Joined Hand Thrust. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling an attack from the left.

10. Shiho giri – Four Direction Cutting. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling four approaching attackers.

11. Sou giri – Complete Cuts. Five different and complete cuts. Commencing from a standing position.

12. Nuki uchi – Sudden Draw. Avoid, then respond to an attack from the front. Commencing from a standing position.


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TYPES OF SWORDS


AGES OF SWORDS

A peaceful man can be capable of great violence but simply chooses not to.

A harmless man is just that, harmless. There lies the important distinction.

Don't ever make the grave mistake of assuming that I am the latter.

I AM A SAMAURAI
MAKE NO MISTAKE
RIGHT SIZE KATANA