Iaido Archives for the Institute of Budo Studies in Miami, Florida specializing in Japanese Swordsmanship and Self-Defense.

Iaido, the way of the sword, is a martial art that began as an offshoot of Kenjutsu, arts of swordsmanship. It was developed as a defensive method to counter surprise attacks in 15th and 16th century Japan.

The purpose was to slay an opponent with one stroke of the sword immediately after unsheathing it. In order to create such a defensive system, situations and circumstances of surprise attacks were studied to devise a systemized way to utilize the sword efficiently against many forms of attack.

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