Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its Saya (scabbard), striking or cutting an imaginary opponent and wipe the blood from the blade before putting it back in the Saya.
The word iaido approximately translates into English as "the way of mental presence and immediate reaction." While new students of iaido may start learning with a wooden sword (bokken) depending on the teaching style of a particular instructor, many of those who study iaido use an Iaito (Unsharpened sword). Advanced practitioners of iaido use Shinken (sharpened metal sword).
Iaido vs Kendo
Iaido should not be confused with kendo or kenjutsu:
Iaido vs Kenjutsu
Kenjutsu is generally practiced with a partner, in the form of predetermined routines, and often does include drawing or resheathing of the sword.
Source: "Wikipedia" and Kendo.com
Photo: Leif Almo
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