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Iaido

The way of the sword.
An in-depth reading of the Japanese characters for iaido is:
I = being, AI = harmony, DO = way . "The way of harmonising oneself in action”.

The original purpose of iaido was to slay an opponent with one stroke of the sword upon unsheathing. Today it is practiced as a martial art, one that improves concentration, developes strength and coordination, and cultivates awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and of an ancient culture and it's traditions.

Iaido is an authentic martial art that proved its martial values in a time of constant battle and warfare, that was preserved and passed on directly from teacher to student over generations in an unbroken lineage for 450 years. Iaidoka developed the mind towards an ultimately peaceful, harmonious, and active state ready to react and deal with any life situation.

Iaido, the Way of the Sword, is the art of drawing and using the traditional Japanese sword (katana). Iaido consists of a number of techniques, or waza, that represent combative situations, where generally one or more opponents initiate an attack. Although the waza represent combative encounters, the deeper purposes of iaido are to develop mental discipline, awareness, and mental and physical harmony through practice and control of body and sword movements.

Si Gung Bernhardt's instructor Shihan Nishiuchi is President and founder of the International Okinawa Kobudo Association and has trained under Hanshi Matayoshi
and Kaicho Kinjo of Naha, Okinawa. Shihan Nishiuchi was born in Kochi City, Japan,
the Mecca of Muso Jikiden Eishin Iai Heiho (renowned Samurai swordsmanship). He holds
a certified Chuden degree from the ninteenth successor, Hanshi Sawada of Hasegawa Eishin Ryu Iai do

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