居合道 Iaido is the modern artistic and competitive manner for the traditional art of Iaijutsu/Battôjutsu (method of drawing and resheathing the sword).
Techniques are trained from Seiza (Seated in the formal traditional manner) and standing. Students practice these forms or Kata for the purpose of developing proper structure, breathing, and muscular relaxation/tension before working with a partner.
The sporting method of Chanbara, the Japanese game of Swashbuckling is a fun-for-all ages way to begin teaching Japanese swordsmanship to children and adults that is physically active, affordable, and safe.
Using foam or inflatable swords, practitioners attack five vital points common to traditional Japanese swordsmanship in an effort to win the match.
Iai 居合 (Lit. "Being in Harmony" and Do 道 ("The Way"), Iaido is the martial art where a practitioner draws the sword from the scabbard, cuts down an imaginary opponent, and re-sheathes the sword with intensity, focus, and serenity.
Sometimes called Battodo 抜刀道 or Battojutsu 抜刀術, literally refering to drawing and cutting with the sword.
Training includes Tameshigiri 試し切り, the act of test-cutting soaked bamboo mats tightly woven to the density similar to the human body.
Kenjutsu is a method of training in Japanese Sword Arts which two partners take turns playing the Winner and Loser, Aggressor and Victor.
Kenjutsu usually starts with the swords drawn out of the scabbard and contains ceremonies which pay homage to the act of fighting on the battlefield vying for openings.
The culmination of one's skills and abilities in Iai and Kenjutsu is to be able to utilize the correct posture, grip, and movement in order to cut cleanly through a soaked and rolled grass mat target. The greatest skill lies in cutting so cleanly that the target maintains tension and does not move.
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