Iaido (居合道) or “The Art of Drawing the Sword”

Iaido is a modern Japanese martial art in which practitioners learn the forms of Japanese swordsmanship using a wooden or blunt-edged metal sword. It involves drawing the sword and cutting in smooth, controlled movements. Unlike Kendo, Iaido does not include fighting or sparring techniques, instead emphasizing precise, controlled, fluid motion.

Practicing Iaido helps improve balance, coordination and mental focus. It also teaches self-control, respect and self-discipline.

The style of Iaido practiced by the Irish Kendo Federation is primarily Seitei Iai, the standardized Iaido style of the All Japan Kendo Federation. Other styles are also practiced.

Photograph of three Iaidoka