This blog is set up to supplement the main website with up-to-date pictures and articles of the club's activities. Our dojo is headed by Inoue Hironori Sensei, 7th dan in Musou Jikiden Eishin Ryu
The Vancouver Eishin-Ryu Iaido Club is dedicated to the study of the traditional Japanese martial art of Iaido. Iaido is the art of drawing a katana (commonly referred to as a Samurai sword) and delivering a decisive strike against one or more opponents. Iaido is one of the oldest Japanese martial arts, with a history that can be traced back at least 450 years.
Iaidowaza (techniques) always begin and end with the student's sword sheathed. Unlike Kendo, which is the art of sword-fighting once swords have already been drawn (similar to Western fencing), Iaido focuses on quick and effective responses to unjustified or surprise attacks.
Students of Iaido, known as Iaidoka, do not compete against one another -- waza are performed individually against imaginary opponents. However, students should aim to react and behave as though they were engaged in a life or death situation. The ability to achieve focused concentration and stillness under such oppressive circumstances is one of the many goals in Iaido.
There is a saying in Japanese: 'Saya no uchi no kachi.' This translates roughly to 'Victory in the sheath.' and is the ultimate goal of the sword arts. By perfecting oneself through Iaido practice, battles can be diffused or won before taking the drastic step of unsheathing a sword.
Our school studies the classical main branch of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido under the guidance of Esaka Sensei, Hanshi, 10th dan, President of the True Traditional Style of Musou Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido International Association. Our Vancouver instructor is Hiro Inoue Sensei, 7th dan.