Since 2003, the Institute of Budo Studies has been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Japanese martial arts in the Western world as they were developed by the ancient warriors of Japan, the samurai.
Kendo, the way of the sword, is a modern martial art based on ancient kenjutsu. The word Kendo is made of the characters ken (sword) and do (way or path); a way of life following the practice of Kendo.
Iaido, the way of the sword, is a martial art that began as on offshoot of Kenjutsu, arts of swordsmanship. It was developed as a defensive method to counter surprise attacks in 15th and 16th century Japan.