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What is IAIDO?

IAIDO (居合道) is commonly known as “the unsheathing art”.However, we could translate it as “the martial art which develops people’s ability to quickly adapt to any life situation”.
IAIDO is also known as “Zen practice of Kendo”.

Since 1868 (year in which Meiji was restored in Japan), Samurai were abolished and every combat discipline (JUTSU) turn into disciplines practiced with the only purpose of exalting people’s spirit, which is why they changed their ending to “DO”, (which means inside journey).

IAIDO means:

“I” (居) = Existence. It is interpreted as the capacity of adapting to vary life situations.
“AI” (合) = Union. It is interpreted as each person’s ability of adapting to external situations.
“DO” (道) = Inside journey.

IAIDO was created by Samurai named Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (林崎 甚助 重信) and was popularized by Nakayama Hakudo Sensei (中山博道), creator of Muso Shinden Ryu (夢想神伝流) style.

IAIDO was firstly known in 1932 and popularized by Nakayama Hakudo (1873-1958)
who was creator of Muso Shinden Ryu (夢想神伝流) style.

Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto-no-Shigenobu

There is not much known information about Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (林崎 甚助 重信), it is known that he lived from about 1542 to 1621.

There are many legends about his life; one of them tells that his father was murdered when Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu was still very young, and that he wasn’t more skillful using the sword than the man who committed that murder.

In order to revenge his father’s dead, he secluded himself into a Shinto abbey, to meditate and reach a swordplay higher level. The story tells that after several days he had a divine dream which revealed him the cutting unsheathing technique. Nobody is sure if this Samurai was a skillful swordplay man, but it is for sure that within 1956-1601 he studied many swordplay styles and developed some backsword forms called Battojutsu.

There were many names for his style: “Hayashizaki Ryu” ,”Shigenobu Ryu”, “Shin Muso Hayashizaki Ryu”, etc.

It is supposed that in 1613, being 73 years old he embarked into a new learning journey (“Musa Shugyo”), in which he mysteriously vanished. After his disappearance, “Shin Muso Hayashizaki Ryu” style was spread by Samurai Tamiya Taira-no-Hyoe Narimasa, teacher of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokugawa Hidetada and Tokugawa Iemitsu. This was very helpful for these techniques expansion.


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