Iaido has very old roots in the Japanese martial arts.In the latter half of the fifteenth century, Izasa Ienao founded the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu, a school that devised the dynamic art of iai-jutsu. There were over 200 ryu (~school) founded that are primarily concerned with sword-drawing techniques in the afterglow of this amazing and inspirational man.
Iaido was formed only after World War II when a series of ten kata (~forms) were chosen, out of four koryu, called seitei kata. Iaido is a way of defending and attacking with a real sword. You can see it as an equivalent of the cowboys fast gunfighting. Iaido is most performed in kata in which attack and defence are prescribed. Because of the danger of injuries, iaido is practised single with a imaginary opponent. The sword was seen as the soul of the samurai and was therefore a sacred and very respectable weapon.
In our school Muso Shinden Ryu and Hoki Ryu are the two ryu mainly practised.

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