The Iai of Iaido

  • October 4, 2013

Most students know what iaido is, the art of drawing, cutting with, and sheathing a sword. Usually performed with a long sword from a kneeing posture.

Few, however, know from where the term “iai” derives.

“Iai” comes from “tsune ni itte kyu ni awase.”

Tsune ni – always, whatever you are doing, whether sleeping, walking, running, or sitting.

Itte iru – wherever you are.

Awasu – be ready or be prepared to recreate harmony or balance.