What we do in this class:
Iaido is the art of quickly drawing the Japanese sword from the scabbard in response to a sudden attack. This comprises learning solo forms (Kata) with imaginary opponents. Students start by using a wooden sword, then progress onto a blunted metal sword and finally at an extremely high level use a real ‘live’ (sharp) sword. Though this is very much the study of Samurai swordsmanship it can also be considered moving Zen.
In competition two Iaido exponents perform their individual kata in parallel courts and are judged simultaneously on their technical ability and fighting spirit. Competitions are only divided into grade order thereby men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes can compete together, which is extremely rare in any martial art or sport.
Though this is very much an individual art form, the dojo and the many national and international seminars available are a great training environment to meet and make new friends
Iaido & Jodo
Jodo comprises learning pared forms (Kata), wherein the attacker wields a wooden samurai sword (bokken) and the defender counter attacks with the Jo (wooden staff). The task of the Jo is to get the upper hand in the duel so as to make the swordsman concede defeat.
In competition two partners perform next to each other and are judged simultaneously on their technical ability and fighting spirit. Therefore, although each couple is demonstrating a combat situation they must work together to express the true spirit of Jodo. Competitions are only divided into grade order thereby men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes can compete together, which is extremely rare in any martial art or sport. For these reasons this is a great activity for a couple to start together, nonetheless individual members can also be pared and practice together.
It could be said that in modern terms Jodo is the study conflict of resolution without the need of a violent conclusion.