Iaido is the study of handling a katana, a real Japanese sword.
The basic practice of Iaido is Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei (Japanese Kendo Federation). The Koryu that we practice is the Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido.
On a beginner level you firstly get used to a Boken – a wooden sword – before using an iaito – a replica of the katana – the ultimate goal of every Iaido practitioner is to handle a katana.
The study of Iaido is complementary with the practice of Kendo, for they are intimately linked. Purist practitioners will say that those two disciplines are indivisible !
The BUTOKUKAN encourages their members to practice both arts for a harmonious development and a comprehension of the techniques.