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 iaido article for background information about iaido. The SCKF iaido information sheet provides useful information about iaido at SCKF.

On the first practice of the month, we hold muso shinden ryu koryu practice for yudansha (black belts).

Starting Iaido

New iaido students may sign up with the dojo at the beginning of odd numbered months. Similar to new kendo students, this may be flexible (see "when to join", as well as "fees", on the new member page). We require you to first watch at least one full iaido practice from start to end prior to your first lesson. You will also need to purchase keikogi (top jacket), hakama (pleated bottom), iaido obi (belt), and iaito (iaido practice sword); see the "required equipment" section in the information sheet.

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.

If you do kendo at another dojo which doesn't teach iaido, we ask that you join Norwalk Dojo (pay SEJSCC fees) for iaido only, and provide proof of your federation membership.

Warm up exercises
(repeat each 10 times)
  1. Movement
    1. R foot front, R arm back
      repeat L foot/arm
  2. Kiritsuke
    1. squat: top to horizontal kirioroshi
    2. squat: ukenagashi, kirioroshi
    3. cut to head: forward/back, R foot front
      repeat L foot front
    4. kirioroshi: forward/back, R foot front
      repeat L foot front
    5. one knee down: kirioroshi with partner: R foot front ("Ito sensei")
      repeat L foot front
  3. Nukitsuke and Noto
    1. shoulder to nukitsuke
    2. nukitsuke to furikaburi, kirioroshi
    3. kirioroshi to yoko-chiburi
    4. kirioroshi to o-chiburi
    5. o-chiburi to noto
    6. standing ipponme with yoko-chiburi (3 steps to cut)
    7. sitting nukitsuke and noto
    8. sitting ipponme with yoko-chiburi, alternating feet ("Yamaguchi sensei")
Seitei Iaido

Seitei iaido is also known as ZenKenRen (All Japan Kendo Federation) iaido. See seitei iaido points for details of each kata.

  1. Mae
  2. Ushiro
  3. Ukenagashi
  4. Tsuka ate
  5. Kesagiri
  6. Morote tsuki
  7. Sanpo giri
  8. Ganmen ate
  9. Soete tsuki
  10. Shiho giri
  11. So giri
  12. Nukiuchi
Muso Shinden Ryu: Shoden (Omori Ryu)
  1. Shohatto
  2. Sato
  3. Uto
  4. Atarito
  5. Inyoshintai
  6. Ryuto
  7. Junto
  8. Gyakuto
  9. Seichuto
  10. Koranto
  11. Inyoshintai kaewaza
  12. Nukiuchi
Muso Shinden Ryu: Chuden (Hasegawa Eishin Ryu)
  1. Yokogumo
  2. Tora issoku
  3. Inazuma
  4. Ukigumo
  5. Yamaoroshi
  6. Iwanami
  7. Urokogaeshi
  8. Namigaeshi
  9. Takiotoshi
  10. Nukiuchi
Muso Shinden Ryu: Okuden suwari waza
  1. Kasumi
  2. Sune-gakoi
  3. Shiho-giri
  4. To-zume
  5. To-waki
  6. Tana-shita
  7. Ryo-zume
  8. Tora-bashiri
Muso Shinden Ryu: Okuden tachi waza
  1. Yuki-zure
  2. Rentatsu
  3. So-makuri
  4. So-dome
  5. Shinobu
  6. Yuki-chigai
  7. Sode-suri-gaeshi
  8. Mon-iri
  9. Kabe-zoi
  10. Uke nagashi
  11. Itomagoi-ichi
  12. Itomagoi-ni
  13. Itomagoi-san
More references

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