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Iaido in Vancouver

Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. While new students of iaidō (pronounced "ee-eye-doe") may start learning with a wooden sword (bokken) depending on the teaching style of a particular instructor, many of those who study iaidō use an unsharpened sword (iaito). Some advanced practitioners of iaido use a sharpened metal sword (shinken).

Because iaido teaches the use of actual metal weaponry, it is almost entirely based on the teaching of forms, or kata. Multiple person kata do exist within some forms of iaidō, but the iaidoka (practitioners of iaidō) will usually use bokken for such kata practice. Iaidō does not include direct competition or sparring of any kind. Because of this non-competitive aspect, and iaido's emphasis on precise, controlled, fluid motion, it is sometimes referred to as "moving Zen."

Our Dojo name is Ken Wa Kai (literally translated as: sword harmony society). We practice Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu as taught by the late Iwata Norikasu Hanshi and the late Omori Masaao Hanshi.

We also belong to the Canadian Kendo Federation (and by extension the All Japan Kendo Federation - ZNKR) and thus also practice Zen Ken Ren Iaido. This is a set of 12 kata (forms) that are practiced throughout the world and are the basis for promotion through the ranks in Iaido.