Iaido Books

 

Iaido, the Japanese martial art of drawing and cutting with a sword, embodies the discipline, precision, and spiritual depth of the samurai tradition. This elegant and highly ritualized art form has a rich history that stretches back centuries, preserving the legacy and techniques of Japan’s feudal warriors.

The origins of Iaido can be traced to the late 16th century, during the tumultuous Sengoku period (1467-1603), a time marked by constant warfare among rival clans in Japan. It was during this era that Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (1546-1621) is credited with founding the practice. Seeking to avenge his father's death, Hayashizaki developed a system of sword techniques focused on the rapid and fluid drawing of the katana, the traditional Japanese sword. His methods emphasized the importance of readiness and the ability to respond to a threat at a moment's notice.

Iaido, as it evolved, became not only a martial practice but also a means of cultivating the samurai spirit. The art emphasizes smooth, controlled movements and a calm, focused mind. Practitioners perform kata (pre-arranged forms) that simulate combat scenarios, honing their skills in drawing the sword, striking, and returning the blade to its sheath. Each movement in Iaido is executed with precision and mindfulness, reflecting the philosophical depth of the practice.

Over the centuries, Iaido was transmitted through various ryu (schools), each preserving and enhancing the techniques and philosophies of the art. Some of the most influential schools include Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu, Muso Shinden-ryu, and Hoki-ryu. These schools played a vital role in maintaining the tradition and ensuring the art's survival through Japan's transition from feudalism to modernity.

In the early 20th century, Iaido underwent significant transformation and standardization. The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, an organization dedicated to promoting martial arts, established a unified curriculum, helping to spread Iaido both within Japan and internationally. Today, Iaido is practiced worldwide, revered for its emphasis on discipline, elegance, and the spiritual aspects of martial training.

Iaido practitioners, or iaidoka, pursue mastery not only of technique but also of the principles of Zen philosophy, focusing on self-improvement, clarity of mind, and the harmonious integration of body and spirit. The art’s meditative nature provides a unique path to personal growth and inner peace.

Our store proudly offers a curated selection of Iaido books that explore its history, techniques, and philosophical foundations. Whether you are an experienced practitioner or new to Iaido, these books provide valuable insights into the art's rich legacy and practice. Discover the timeless discipline of Iaido through our carefully chosen titles and deepen your connection to this elegant and profound martial art.

Classical Weaponry of Japan Book by Serge Mol (Hardcover)(Preowned)

Classical Weaponry of Japan Book by Serge Mol (Hardcover)(Preowned)

Regular price $139.00 CAD
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IAI: The Art Of Drawing The Sword Book by Darrell Max Craig (Preowned)

IAI: The Art Of Drawing The Sword Book by Darrell Max Craig (Preowned)

Regular price $19.00 CAD
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Mugai Ryu: The Classical Samurai Art of Drawing the Sword Book by Darrell Craig

Mugai Ryu: The Classical Samurai Art of Drawing the Sword Book by Darrell Craig

Regular price $38.00 CAD
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Heiho Okugisho: The Secret of High Strategy Book by Kansuke Yamamoto & Translated by Toshishiro Obata (Preowned)

Heiho Okugisho: The Secret of High Strategy Book by Kansuke Yamamoto & Translated by Toshishiro Obata (Preowned)

Regular price $348.00 CAD
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Iaido Japanese Sword Drawing Techniques & Spiritual Training Book & DVD by Teruhisa Nanno

Iaido Japanese Sword Drawing Techniques & Spiritual Training Book & DVD by Teruhisa Nanno

Regular price $139.00 CAD
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Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu Book by Serge Mol (Hardcover)(Preowned)

Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu Book by Serge Mol (Hardcover)(Preowned)

Regular price $222.00 CAD
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Bugei Ju-Happan: The Spirit of Samurai Book by Masayoshi Nakajima & Shigeru Nakajima (Preowned)

Bugei Ju-Happan: The Spirit of Samurai Book by Masayoshi Nakajima & Shigeru Nakajima (Preowned)

Regular price $208.00 CAD
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The Deity & the Sword 3 Book Set by Risuke Otake (Hardcover) (Preowned)

The Deity & the Sword 3 Book Set by Risuke Otake (Hardcover) (Preowned)

Regular price $976.00 CAD
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Physical Training Methods to Improve Your Kendo Book by Kentaro Takahashi

Physical Training Methods to Improve Your Kendo Book by Kentaro Takahashi

Regular price $55.00 CAD
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Learn Shinkage Ryu by Watching Book & DVD by Masao Oyama

Learn Shinkage Ryu by Watching Book & DVD by Masao Oyama

Regular price $63.00 CAD
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Iaido Program for Women Book w QR Codes by Shinkage Ryu Association

Iaido Program for Women Book w QR Codes by Shinkage Ryu Association

Regular price $49.00 CAD
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Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Book by Pamela Turner (Preowned)

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Book by Pamela Turner (Preowned)

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Iaido Techniquques of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Book & DVD by Ichisuke Kyou (Preowned)

Iaido Techniquques of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Book & DVD by Ichisuke Kyou (Preowned)

Regular price $70.00 CAD
Regular price $84.00 CAD Sale price $70.00 CAD
Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido & Zen Book by Alex Bennett

Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido & Zen Book by Alex Bennett

Regular price $21.00 CAD
Regular price $28.00 CAD Sale price $21.00 CAD
Iaido Way of the Sword Book by Michael Finn (Preowned)

Iaido Way of the Sword Book by Michael Finn (Preowned)

Regular price $19.00 CAD
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Samurai Strategies: 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi's Book of Five Rings Book (Preowned)

Samurai Strategies: 42 Martial Secrets from Musashi's Book of Five Rings Book (Preowned)

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AJKF Iai Manual Book - Budovideos Inc

AJKF Iai Manual Book

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True Meaning of Iaido Book & DVD by Shigeyoshi Yamatsuta (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

True Meaning of Iaido Book by Shigeyoshi Yamatsuta (Preowned)

Regular price $112.00 CAD
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Ryuseikan Budo 3 VHS Tape Set by Mitsuhiro Saruta (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Ryuseikan Budo 3 VHS Tape Set by Mitsuhiro Saruta (Preowned)

Regular price $126.00 CAD
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Iaido Techniquques of Muso Shinden Ryu Book & DVD by Ichisuke Kyou - Budovideos Inc

Iaido Techniquques of Muso Shinden Ryu Book & DVD by Ichisuke Kyou.

Regular price $42.00 CAD
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