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Iaido is the art of the Japanese sword, the Katana, the legendary weapon of the heroic samurai. For the Japanese, there is no more honorable weapon that better symbolizes the bushido, the knight moral of the samurai. No weapon is more closely with the history, tradition and culture of the country connected.
Training in the way of the sword can be divided into three categories. The first is found in the modern kendo, Japanese fencing. The kendoka wear protective clothing (Bogu) and fighting with bamboo practice swords (shinai). By kendo swordsman learns the timing, distance and other factors of the fight with a real opponent. Kendo is perhaps the only martial art where competing shape genuine techniques can be performed with full power and speed without risk of injury.
A second part is to practice techniques with wooden swords (bokken, bokuto). The goats looks more like a real sword the shinai, and allows to study the techniques in detail, but is also dangerous. Therefore, with the goats are only agreed exercises (kata) performed with a partner. Doing so, no protection is worn. The speed and sense of reality of the implementation will depend on the level of the practitioners.
The third part uses a real sword (iai). The mastery of a real sword can not fully learn with just a goats. An important driving point is that the battle with the sword perfect should follow the angle of the cut (hasuji). For dealing with the scabbard (saya), drawing and put away the sword, one needs a real sword. Because of the risk of harm to the practitioners and the precious swords are (with some exceptions) only conducted exercises with an imaginary opponent.
A separate subdivision of iaido iai was giri, the practice of cutting with the sword. It is like exercise bamboo sticks, rolled straw mats goals dismember. This type of training is often incorrectly called giri tamashi. Tamashi giri is an official event in which a competent officer submits a sword to certain quality tests, and shall draw up a certificate.
Most kata in iaido handle situations where suddenly the sword is needed, such as in defense against an unexpected attack. Various techniques are taught where the sword is drawn in such a way that it immediately beaten or repelled can be (nuki tsuke). This is a big difference with kendo, where opponents with guns drawn standing opposite each other, before starting a game. Once the attackers are turned off, blood is shaken by the sword (chiburi), and the sword goes back into the scabbard (noto). This must be done without leaving openings for attack, and with full attention focused on the fallen opponents (zanshin).


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