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This will teach you some of the techniques of Iaido.
 
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Step 1: Releaseing the blade

Press thumb up against the tsuba (hand guard) while holding the sheath of the sword.This should release the blade from the sheath.(no image needed)

Step 2: NUKI TSUKE (draw and cut)

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From A sitting position (sitting on your feet toes pointed back and your knees touching the ground) you take your right hand and grasp the tsuka (handle)(your sitting position should stay the same except that you toes should now be under you so you can stand up if needed). Then you start to draw the sword from the saya and, start rotating both the saya and blade so that the ha (cutting edge) is pointing to your left after you have drawn half the blade. While you are doing this you should be on your left knee and your right foot should be on the ground next to it. Wile you are continuing to draw out the blade you should be rotating your upper torso slowly and when the blade is free from the saya you swing your arm that is holding the sword to your right. Have some self control when you do this, don't knock yourself over.

(Pics are no of me but will be replaced by me sometime soon)


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Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
Meh, i bought a fake, non sharpend one at a gunshow. Took it out to my bench grinder, and its pretty sharp. Some more explaining (ie better pics) could be used.
What you sharpened Sgt Waffles, was an Iaito -- the training sword for Iai. I did the same thing a couple of decades ago and ruined a very expensive training sword, so I could have a 'real' one. I eventually bought an antique sword in Gunto mounts (katana in WW II sword furniture) and after building a traditional saya (sheath) and tsuka (handle), I trained with that one. I thought I was getting pretty good at Iaido after a year or two and one day, started to move 'way too fast in a kata and wound up running the sword through my hand. I embarrassed to admit this on a public forum. There's a reason that swords were the weapon of choice for several thousand years. They DO remove human limbs without much problem or training at all. You know how you can cut your finger with your pocket knife? Now imagine that cutting power applied with a lever (as in physics). Like anything else, don't imagine that the movies tell you much truth about combat. If you've ever fired a pistol and tried to hit a target at any distance, cowboys shooting from the back of a galloping horse is a waste of bullets. Most of the practice of Iaido is inside your head; readying your mind to respond with deadly calm to a very close and deadly attack. Thousands of repetitions, trying to get to the point where the sword draws itself.
good advice!! how many stitches?
hehe, shooting guns from horseback i dont know about, but i saw a guy shoot 6 out of 7 arrows from a crossbow and hit a target 40ish ft away on a moving horse after 10mins instruction. hehe he missed the 7th cos he fell off the horse what u have to do is compensate for the horses rhythm, if its at a gallop/trot/canter its pace has a set up-down rhythm (to maximise its own efficiency) all u have to do is know when to fire and so long as you have an alright aim to begin with you shud be okay :)
It was $20, so it couldnt have been THAT good of a sword. Good to know though.
Pat Sowers (author)  Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
iaito are mostly always non sharpend
Oh, if its sharpened, then what do you call it?
Pat Sowers (author)  Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
A Shinken
Wow, this is confusing...lol. Anyone else do any non-weapon-utilizing martial arts like brazilian jujitsu or muay thai? I could use a new sparring partner in te wichita ks area. just a thought.
Pat Sowers (author)  Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
i will try to put up videos but this is still a hard to do lifetime sport.
Pat Sowers (author)  Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
you can get som good swords at www.topicool.com
I dont need to spend money on swords right now. I need to buy some more fish. Had a poweroutage, and it wiped out half of my stock in my 55.
odd when i posted you did they appered at the same time!!!
Camisado6 years ago
Hey, can you do that awesome draw cut move? what was it called? The Yoko Ichimonji?
Pat Sowers (author)  Camisado6 years ago
sure ill make a note for myself to do that
Wow.... YOU CAN???? you must be pretty amazing.... Oh, and FYI: Yoko Ichimonji is an awesome sword move that you can do by learning the I-ai style ( draw cut style ). This totally awesome moves actually delivers a short focused 'energy' wave and will extend a normal sword attack to about 10 meters at the max. But a beginner's Yoko Ichimonji is just a strengthened version of a normal draw cut...... ( I think ) and YES, it does exist. Oh, and correct me if I'm wrong, I don't really know much about that move either
Pat Sowers (author)  Camisado6 years ago
idk even know if its posible lol but i ment if i could find out how to do it i would teach you lol
Teach me? thanks!
your trolling right?
Xonah Camisado6 years ago
Sounds very cool, is there a vid on Youtube or somethings? 'Cause I seriously want to see it! Would be cool if it is possible.
Camisado Xonah6 years ago
Mmmmm.... I remember seeing a couple o' videos about it..... but what I do know is that it does exist.
Got any links to show us? I'd be pretty interested in seeing it too. The most common "yoko ichimonji" I've seen referred to is a naginata technique, where the 'extension' would come from the naginata basically being a blade on a stick. So yes, definitely interested in seeing this done with a sword.
Forgot to mention, there's apparently also a type of hakama knot with the same name, and a "yoko ichi monji" referring to a horizontal sword cut, albeit one without any special powers.
Yoko Ichimonji is basically a horizontal sword draw cut, albeit a very powerful and somewhat super-human. While that being the basic gist of the move, I have never seen one that can extend. That's why I was so shocked when he said he can do it.
Er, YOU are the one who first mentioned the special extension powers. Before you said anything about that, it could easily have been interpreted as the simple horizontal cut. The regular cut isn' super human at all, just effective. How much tv have you been watching?
Xonah Camisado6 years ago
Nice, very cool. Too bad you can't learn it in my country (The Netherlands), it would be tight if I knew how to do that move.
Camisado Xonah6 years ago
Yea..... slashing bad guys from afar does look cool.... And another good news about this move: You don't even have to weild a real sword! ( Although beginners might have trouble doing this.... ) That's right! Once you got the skill to do this move, you can do it with a Bokken and the results are the same ( only dulled down a teeny little bit ). ! But, maybe you cant use plastic swords for this move..... wood is the best shank you can get. Every move has it's limits.....
Xonah Camisado6 years ago
So you're telling me that a proffesional could use his hand to perform this technique?! Holy cow.. I want to learn that move!
Camisado Xonah6 years ago
No. You must at least have a bokken.
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Ayup.
what tupe of style of iaido do you do? i do kendo and iaido but i had to quit (iaido) because of my bad knees. theres lots of different stules which one do you do? i appoligise for the bad spelling
sniper16 years ago
can anyone tell me all/ or some of the samuria techniques
ulakac6 years ago
are you by any chance related to walter sowers?the bladesmith. just curious.
Pat Sowers (author)  ulakac6 years ago
to tell you the truth idk....... im gana have to look into that.
jtobako7 years ago
The typed descriptions lack something. Maybe adding foot placement diagrams, better lit and sequential photos and/or video from several angles (without the hakama or keido-gi so we can see movements better). I realize that the costume is part of the movements, but remote training means that someone (the student) has to be able to see what is right and wrong about their stances. The outfit is designed to hide movements-a master can see what is going on but a beginner won't be able to.
jongscx jtobako6 years ago
although at the same time, we don't want this to be a "how to" on sword-fighting... This is why you don't see many detailed instructions of wushus/katas on the internet. Some people would be like "Hey, I can self-study this..." try it out for real, and get hurt. This is good for if you're starting, and just need a refresher... but have already been shown the proper way to do it/can check back to see if you're doing it right.
Pat Sowers (author)  jtobako7 years ago
ya i will try to do that some time
Very nice and all but self teaching is a dumb idea, find a dojo and a real instructor, otherwise you will do nothing but teach yourself bad habits and potentially injure yourself. To peter, if you think kendo is boring iaido has no place for you, kata based sword arts are even more tedious.
Pat Sowers (author)  theprofessor7 years ago
I do agree with you about self teaching so I would like to stress that if you are going to try this that you should use a wooden training sword and do a lot of stretching so that you dont hurt yourself. And to (The Professor) I was only teaching the basics of what I know thinking that people would be smart and not do something stupid that would get themselves hurt. In conclusion if anyone who reads this instructable and likes Iaido and would like to learn more, than yes you should find a dojo where they can teach you because they can teach you better than I can.
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