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 -
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-
The school takes its name from its seventh headmaster, Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Hidenobu, who had founded Hasegawa Eishin-
The founder of the art that was to become Eishin-
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-
Hayashizaki's art has had many names since it was established, such as Hayashizaki-
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 -
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.