The essence of Japanese swordsmanship lies in its perfection. It does not mean to strike down an enemy, but rather to strike down the enemy within oneself. In doing so, we rid ourselves of counter productive and self destructive attitudes. Learning the art of Japanese swordsmanship requires a philosophical training which permeates the entire life outside the dojo, building compassion and self-discipline.
Iaido (drawing way) is based on Iaijutsu (drawing art) and was practiced by the samurai. Iaido is a modern way of budo (martial way) and in a sense can be seen as a do (way, path) of the mind that one travels throughout one’s life seeking perfection in the art. While learning Iaido the practitioner (Iaidoka) also learns to quiet the mind, and control both their bodies and energy.
Iaido sword techniques are renowned for their practicality, immense cutting power and gracefulness. This also makes it the perfect martial art for men and women of all ages to learn sword skills in a friendly and safe environment, blending together physical and mental disciplines as well as spiritual growth.
The Toyama Ryu "gunto soho" (military sword methodology) was created and standardized (seitei) in 1925 in response to concern that officers would not be able to effectively draw and employ their sword (gunto) should the need arise while operating in hostile environments. After WWII, the Japanese Imperial Army was disbanded and Toyama Ryu was revived as a martial art appropriate for peaceful times. Toyama Ryu can trace its roots back to traditional Samurai swordsmanship and it blends classical and modern thinking into progressive 21st Century Japanese swordsmanship.
Toyama Ryu Iaido is a style that is appropriate for all ages and degrees of physical abilities.
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