Our Chief Instructor, Sensei Greg O’Connor, has been studying traditional Iaido since the late 1970’s. He practices and teaches a well-known style, or ryu, called Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and is accomplished and well-versed in several other styles of Iaido.
Iaido training involves the solitary practice of traditional sword kata (established forms) specifically addressing the drawing of the sword, its use in a variety of situations and its return to its scabbard, or saya. As with Aikido, Iaido is intriguing and beautiful to watch but can be deceptively challenging to master. Its benefits are the comparable to Aikido in many ways and each art can enhance the other if one is drawn to both.
As with any discipline, if one properly dedicates themselves to the practice of Iaido then Iaido’s side benefits of heightened focus, balance, posture, power, grounding, extension, relaxed speed and development calmness under pressure can greatly enhance not only one’s Aikido practice but one’s countenance and demeanor.
Familiarity with and accomplishment of bokken basics including the proper etiquette of the sword and etiquette of the dojo as well as proper attitude are prerequisites for being considered as an Iaido student.