Iaido is the art of drawing the Japanese sword.
The iaido group at Norwalk Dojo practices Mondays nights from
9 to 10:30pm.
Please read the Norwalk Dojo
for some general information about iaido.
New iaido students may sign up with the dojo at the beginning of odd
numbered months (similar to new kendo students, see "when to join" on the
new member page).
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 SCKF iaido 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
Seitei iaido is also known as ZenKenRen (All Japan Kendo Federation) iaido.
See seitei iaido points for details of each kata.
- 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