|Iai is a budo using a Japanese sword and Iai is a general body motion against the opponent drawing the sword from a sheath.|
|We can define Iaido like this:|
|1.||A sword technique of unsheathing and cutting immediately against un unexpected attack from one or more opponents.|
|2.||"Iai(sitting)" is a word as opposed to the word "Tachiai(standing)"Iai is a tecnique of unsheathing, attacking and defending against the opponent until entering "Tchiai(standing)".We can not tell the point where "Iai" and "Tachiai" transform to each other exactly. "Iai" and "Tachiai" is a unity as Kenbudo.|
The name of the founder is called "Mujinsai" or "Munisai".
Both are OK.
Here in this web site we call him "Mujinsai".
Minamotono Hidetsuna,the founder, created a synthetic bujutsu in the
Eiroku and Tensho periods (late 16th.C.)after he had fought on the battle
field. Araki Mujinsai Ryu Iaido comes from this synthetic bujutsu.
|Suwari Waza||23 katas|
|Tachi Waza||29 katas|
"Shomen Makko", the first kata in Kumitachi
We use a Japanese sword. But sometimes it is not a real one. We use a well made replica sword in the class.
katas( a form ) with an imagined opponent.
We study how to move our body efficiently and we also value courtesy and cultivating the mind. We can find something different from "sports". It is hard to reach the height of Iaido. As we try to pursue Iaido,we go into the depths of the world of Iaido. We can enjoy learning Iaido for a long time without getting boared of learning one thing.
The amount of body motion is not so huge. There is no touching of bodies. So we can say Iaido is not a strenuous exercise. Aged people can do Iaido. But remember we sweat a lot because Iaido requires us to use concentration and we put much spirit into Iai.