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.

Secrets of the Body Book & DVD by Yoshinori Kono (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Secrets of the Body Book & DVD by Yoshinori Kono (Region 2 DVD)(Preowned)

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Principles of Iaido Book & DVD by Ichisuke Kyou - Budovideos Inc

Principles of Iaido Book & DVD by Ichisuke Kyou.

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Iaido Tora No Maki Book 3 (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Iaido Tora No Maki Book 3 (Preowned)

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Iaido Tora No Maki Book 2 (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Iaido Tora No Maki Book 2 (Preowned)

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Iaido Tora No Maki Book 1 (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Iaido Tora No Maki Book 1 (Preowned)

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Iaido no Kihon Book 2 with DVD - Budovideos Inc

Iaido no Kihon Book 2 with DVD (Region 2 DVD)

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Iaido no Kihon Book 1 with DVD - Budovideos Inc

Iaido no Kihon Book 1 with DVD (Region 2 DVD)

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Katsujinken Batto Do Book By Taizaburo Nakamura (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Katsujinken Batto Do Book By Taizaburo Nakamura (Preowned)

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Batto Do Book By Taizaburo Nakamura (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Batto Do Book By Taizaburo Nakamura (Preowned)

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Truth of Japanese Sword & Swordsmanship Book (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Truth of Japanese Sword & Swordsmanship Book (Preowned)

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Ki Ken Tai Ichi Book 3 by Tetsuzan Kuroda (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Ki Ken Tai Ichi Book 3: Kiwami by Tetsuzan Kuroda (1st Edition) (Preowned)

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Ki Ken Tai Ichi Book 2 by Tetsuzan Kuroda (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Ki Ken Tai Ichi Book 2: Kai by Tetsuzan Kuroda (1st Edition) (Preowned)

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Ki Ken Tai Ichi Book 1 by Tetsuzan Kuroda (Preowned) - Budovideos Inc

Ki Ken Tai Ichi Book 1 by Tetsuzan Kuroda (1st Edition) (Preowned)

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Bujutsu Densho: Exploring the Written Tradition of Japan’s Martial Arts Culture Book by Serge Mol - Budovideos Inc

Bujutsu Densho: Exploring the Written Tradition of Japan’s Martial Arts Culture Book by Serge Mol

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Classical Swordsmanship of Japan Book by Serge Mol - Budovideos Inc

Classical Swordsmanship of Japan Book by Serge Mol

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