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Iaido - Iaijutsu

Iaido (the art of drawing and cutting) is a Classical Japanese Martial Art, using live blade swords known as the Shinken, a master piece in itself. Today most Iaido practitioners use the Iaito sword, for daily practice, which is an identical copy of the Shinken but not having such a razor sharp blade, also identical in weight and balance, still a personal valuable piece to the practitioners. Iaido is concentrated on the quick and precise drawing of the sword from the scabbard (Nukitsuke), quick and precise and smooth cutting (Kiritsuke), removing the blood from the blade (Chiburi) and returning it back into the scabbard (Noto). The practitioner returns to his starting position while the eyes are still on the opponent and yet the practitioner is aware of other possible dangers.

It is mostly practiced as solo (although some of the styles also include paired forms - Kenjutsu / Kendo), with the practitioner wearing a Hakama and the Iaito or Shinken, (both are more commonly called Katana), worn on the left hip, wearing no other protective body armor. During practice full concentration is needed to achieve the power and control of the body and mind. It was developed and used for an all defensive situations both in battles and situations such as sudden attacks from a number of persons (in the center of a crowd), an ambush in dark places and in a countless number of positions and situations.

The term "Iai" is taken from the Japanese phrase: Tsune ni ite, kyu ni awasu". The meaning of this is, whatever we may be doing or wherever we may be, we must always be prepared for any eventuality.  As one masters the art of Iaido in the brackets of the classical tradition of the Japanese Budo, one can be described as the ultimate swordsman with the unique ways of the logical, accurate and natural strong, swift and smooth movements, with the Shinken always ready to be drawn from the scabbard from any angle or position.

Iaido is rewarding to the Budo practitioners, in the fact that it helps the practitioners to find the correct movement (foot work), posture, balance and control, under full concentration. Many Iaido Practitioners today start with the standard form of Iai, which is called Seitei Iai or Seitei Gata and then later continue their studies in a Koryu (Older Style). Many styles also include Tameshigiri (test cutting with a live blade). This is done by cutting straw mats which are specifically formulated to resemble the strength of the human body.

Tameshigiri and paired forms (essentially Kenjutsu / Kendo) are included in our Iai syllabus.

Iaijutsu / Iaido was introduced in Malta by Christian and Roderick Bajada. The first official session was held on the 3rd of March 2003 in the Jiushin Kan Dojo, Luqa.


Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū is a Koryū sword art and one of the most widely practiced schools of Iaijutsu in the world. Often referred to simply as "Eishin-ryū," it has an unbroken lineage dating back to the sixteenth century.

The school takes its name from its seventh headmaster, Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Hidenobu, who had founded Hasegawa Eishin-ryū. ‘Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū’ means ‘peerless, directly transmitted school of Eishin.’ ‘Eishin’ is an alternative pronunciation of ‘Hidenobu.’

The founder of the art that was to become Eishin-ryū was Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu. Hayashizaki was born in Dewa Province, Ōshū (present-day Yamagata Prefecture). He lived c. 1546-1621 in what is present-day Kanagawa Prefecture. Many of the historical details of Hayashizaki's life are suspect, since, like most famous martial artists in Japan, his story has been widely fictionalised. It seems that he grew up during a time of constant warfare in Japan and was exposed to sword-fighting methods from an early age. According to legend, Hayashizaki’s father was killed and to take revenge he began training in earnest. He went to the Hayashizaki Meijin shrine to pray for guidance and received divine inspiration for a new technique of drawing the sword and attacking in one movement. Legend says that he eventually defeated his father’s killer.

Following this, Hayashizaki continued on his martial arts pilgrimage, training with renowned swordsmen and attracting students of his own (such as Tamiya Heibei, founder of Tamiya-ryū (Tsumaki). Hayashizaki established his own style of swordsmanship, calling it Shinmei Musō-ryū.

Hayashizaki's art has had many names since it was established, such as Hayashizaki-ryū or Jūshin ryu. It is considered the foundation for many of the major styles of iai practised today, in particular Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū and Musō Shinden-ryū.

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu consists of different categorized forms: Omori Ryu (Seiza no Bu), Eishin Ryu (Tatehiza no Bu), and Okuiai (solo forms), Tachi Uchi no Kurai and Tsumiai no Kurai (paired forms - essentially Kenjutsu / Kendo).


Seitei Iaido

In our Iai syllabus are included two forms of Seitei Gata sets, namely the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Seitei Iaido, (also known as ZenKenRen Iai) and the Zen Nihon Iaido Renmei Seitei Gata.

Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Seitei Iaido is a basic standard form of Iaido developed by the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei from Koryu (Old Styles) Iaijutsu namely; Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, Omori Ryu, Eishin Ryu, Hoki Ryu, Muso Shinden Ryu and Mugai Ryu.

Zen Nihon Iaido Renmei Seitei Gata is the Seitei set of the Zen Nihon Iaido Renmei. This consists of Kata from the Koryu styles of Eishin Ryu, Mugai Ryu, Shindo Munen Ryu, Suio Ryu and Hoki Ryu.

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