Iaido is the art of drawing the Japanese sword.
The iaido group at Norwalk Dojo practices Mondays nights from
9pm to 10pm. See the following links for some general information about
New iaido students may sign up with the dojo on the first Friday of every
odd month (same as new kendo students) and begin training on the following
Monday evening, if class is scheduled.
We ask that you first watch at least one full iaido practice from start
to end prior to your first lesson. You will need to purchase
keikogi (top jacket), hakama (pleated bottom), iaido obi (belt),
and iaito (iaido practice sword).
The SCIA information sheet
has a lot of useful information.
If you also wish to learn kendo, we recommend that you
start kendo first. Once you have mastered the kendo basics, at least at
a beginner's level, you will start wearing keikogi and hakama, and
you may start learning iaido.
The amount of time it takes to get to this level depends
on the individual; see the "PROMOTION" link
for more information.
Your iaido training will proceed much more smoothly and with more
meaning if you already have a grasp of basics such as footwork,
suburi, and striking an opponent.
Regardless of whether you learn iaido only or both iaido and kendo,
you must also
join Norwalk Kendo Dojo, Southern California Kendo Federation, and
All United Stated Kendo Federation; see the "NEW MEMBERSHIP" link on
the dojo home page for more information.
Warm up exercises
- Batto, noto
- Batto, furikaburi, kirioroshi, chiburi, noto
ZenKenRen (Seitei) Iaido
- Tsuka ate
- Morote tsuki
- Sanpo giri
- Ganmen ate
- Soete tsuki
- Shiho giri
- So giri
Muso Shinden Ryu: Shoden (Omori Ryu)
- Inyoshintai kaewaza
Muso Shinden Ryu: Chuden (Hasegawa Eishin Ryu)
- Tora issoku
Muso Shinden Ryu: Okuden suwari waza
Muso Shinden Ryu: Okuden tachi waza
- Uke nagashi