Iaido is a Japanese Martial Art that teaches the use of swords and is entirely based on the teaching of forms, or Kata. Iaido classes emphasis on precise, controlled, fluid motion, often referred to as "moving Zen." Iaido classes do not include direct competition or sparring of any kind. Iaido is classified as a non-fighting form of martial arts.
The art of the sword probably began with Iizasa Choisai, the founder of the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu.
Iaido classes and club lessons revolve around the use of swords. The swords used range from bokuto (wooden sword) for beginners to iaito (blunt practice swords) for the more experienced. Iaido classes essentially involve students practising solo kata against imaginary opponents.
Iaido classes and clubs focus on improving physical fitness, balance, posture and co-ordination, as well as emotional awareness. Practising Iaido helps create a holistic approach to life. The concept of using maximum physical efficiency can be applied to all aspects of everyday life.
Iaido classes are available to all ages from children to seniors and rules apply depending on age and status. Iaido is an ideal sport for males or females and attracts people with disabilities.
Confidence and self-esteem are enhanced as students progress through the grading system to ensure the next goal is always realistic and achievable. Grading ensures that all Iaido students can actively compete with players of similar ability.
Iaido clubs and classes are also a great way to meet people and socialise. So why not join a Iaido class or club today by using the finder on this page?
Iaido classes are available to all ages from children to seniors, male and female. Rules apply depending on age and status.
Iaido martial art classes focus on forms. Forms prepare students state of minds, so that wherever they are and whatever they are doing they are always prepared. iaido aims for beauty and perfection in form.
Iaido is increasingly attracting people with a disability*. So if you are disabled this sport maybe of interest.
* Please check with the Martial Art Club or venue to confirm it has disabled facilities.
Before committing to a Iaido class or joining a club it may be worth telephoning one or two local instructors or clubs to discuss the format of the Iaido taught in their particular school.
Find a local Iaido classes in London and other major UK cities use the martial art search directory on this page.
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