IAIDO

居合道

ZNKR Iaido (全剣連 居合道) 

Iaido, a traditional martial art of Japan. It is an art of Japanese swordsmanship that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack.

Training of Iaido has benefited and improves

  • Personal Growth

  • Self-confidence

  • Body coordination

  • Physical Fitness

  • Calmness 

  • Focus

  • Dealing with Fear 

  • Learning respect through etiquette.

Iaido originally evolved from the old school sword art of Iai-jutsu, of which we are still taught. Iaido is usually performed with an unsharpened sword. However, more experience and qualified practitioners use a sharp blade in solo practice. unsharpened sword, are often used by beginners until the safety aspects have been learnt.

The techniques themselves dealt with many situations such as a sudden attack by several opponents, a surprise attack while bowing to someone, an enemy lying in wait behind a sliding door or an attack in a darkened room.

12 forms of ZNKR Iaido -

  • Mae (前). Front. Commencing from a kneeling position, forestalling a frontal attack.

  • Ushiro (後ろ). Rear. Commencing from a kneeling position, forestalling an attack from the rear.

  • Ukenagashi (受け流し) Receive, Parry and Cut. Commencing from a kneeling position, parrying an attack from the left.

  • Tsuka-ate (柄当て). Striking with the Hilt. Commencing from a raised knee, seated position, forestalling two attackers, front and rear.

  • Kesagiri (袈裟切り). Diagonal Cut. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling an approaching attacker.

  • Morote-zuki (諸手突き). Two-Hand Thrust. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling three approaching attackers, two in front and one behind.

  • Sanpogiri (三方切り). Three Direction Cut. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling three approaching attackers, one each to the right, left and front.

  • Ganmen-ate (顔面当て). Hit to the Face. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling two approaching attackers, front and rear.

  • Soete-zuki (添え手突き). Joined Hand Thrust. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling an attack from the left.

  • Shihogiri (四方切り). Four Direction Cutting. Commencing from a standing position, forestalling four approaching attackers.

  • Sogiri (総切り). Complete Cuts. Five different and complete cuts. Commencing from a standing position.

  • Nukiuchi (抜き打ち). Sudden Draw. Avoid, then respond to an attack from the front. Commencing from a standing position.

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