About Iaido



Iaido is the art of Japanese sword use and that teaches how to draw, cut, and return the sword to the scabbard. Iaido is a challenging endeavor that requires attention to detail, focus, and mental flexibility in addition to physical conditioning. Practice begins with a focus on rei-ho or etiquette, and proceeds with basic practice using a bokken, then an iaito or non-sharp training sword and after many years the eventual use of a shinken or live/sharp blade. All Iaido practice is done without a partner and through the study of prescribed patterns called kata. The study of Iaido begins with a focus on the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei iaido kata also called sei-tei iaido. Eventually we study the kata of a koryu or old school of Iaido practice called Muso Shinden ryu. Muso Shinden ryu is one of the more popular and accessible styles of koryu Iaido that is practiced outside of Japan. Another is Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. Occasionally tameshigiri or mat cutting practice is held to teach what it is to cut through a target with a live blade.

The regional federation established in 1973, the Rocky Mountain Kendo and Iaido Federation (RMKIF), is also the governing body for Iaido in Cheyenne and Laramie and ensures that we meet the national and international standard of ZNKR Iaido as prescribed by the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and the International Kendo Federation (IKF). The AUSKF is the sole recognized organization for administration of Kendo and Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Iaido in the United States.

The Rocky Mountain Kendo and Iaido Federation hosts several Iaido gasshuku (special training seminar) and shinsa (test for rank) each year for members. The RMKIF also administers regional taikai or tournaments for members.

Wikipedia Iaido article and Muso Shinden-ryu article. Please visit the FAQ for more information.