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.

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

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

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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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Iai Kendo Book by Taizaburo Nakamura (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Iai Kendo Book by Taizaburo Nakamura (Preowned)

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Body Revolution Book & DVD by Yoshinori Kono (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Body Revolution Book & DVD by Yoshinori Kono (Preowned)

Regular price $98.00 CAD
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Nihon no Budo Book 7: Iaido & Jukendo (Preowned)

Nihon no Budo Book 7: Iaido & Jukendo (Preowned)

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Iaijutsu Spirit Book by Tetsuzan Kuroda (Preowned) - Budovideos

Iaijutsu Spirit Book by Tetsuzan Kuroda (Hardcover)(Preowned)

Regular price $530.00 CAD
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Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo Kyohan (Hardcover) Book by Hosho Shiokawa (Preowned) - Budovideos

Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo Kyohan (Hardcover) Book by Hosho Shiokawa (Preowned)

Regular price $543.00 CAD
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Mugai Ryu Iaijutsu Kyohan (Hardcover) Book by Hosho Shiokawa - Budovideos

Mugai Ryu Battojutsu Kyohan (Hardcover) Book by Hosho Shiokawa (Preowned)

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Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido Book & DVD by Yoshinobu Yoshida - Budovideos

Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido Book & DVD by Yoshinobu Yoshida

Regular price $84.00 CAD
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IAI: The Art Of Drawing The Sword Book by Darrell Max Craig - Budovideos

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

Regular price $56.00 CAD
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Shinkendo Japanese Swordsmanship (2nd Edition) Book by Toshishiro Obata - Budovideos Inc

Shinkendo Japanese Swordsmanship (2nd Edition) Book by Toshishiro Obata

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Shinkendo Tameshigiri: Samurai Swordsmanship & Test-Cutting Book by Toshishiro Obata - Budovideos Inc

Shinkendo Tameshigiri: Samurai Swordsmanship & Test-Cutting Book by Toshishiro Obata

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Deity & The Sword Book By Risuke Otake Katori Shinto Ryu (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Deity & The Sword Book By Risuke Otake Katori Shinto Ryu (Preowned)

Regular price $98.00 CAD
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Art of Japanese Swordsmanship Book by Nicklaus Suino (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Art of Japanese Swordsmanship Book by Nicklaus Suino (Preowned)

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Flashing Steel Mastering Eishin Ryu Swordsmanship Book by Masayuki Shimabukuro (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Flashing Steel Mastering Eishin Ryu Swordsmanship Book by Masayuki Shimabukuro (Preowned)

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Mugai Ryu Iai Hyodo Book by Hosho Shiokawa (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Mugai Ryu Iai Hyodo Book by Hosho Shiokawa (Preowned)

Regular price $265.00 CAD
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