Iaido was largely influenced by Hayashinizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (1546-1621) who coined the term iaijutsu, the first Japanese art of sword drawing.
Created by Nakayama Hakudo in the 1930s, iaido literally means “the way of mental presence and immediate reaction” but is now known as “the way of sword drawing.” Although battojutsu was the term used in the 1400s to encompass sword drawing, iaido includes the arts of drawing, striking, removing blood from the blade and sheathing the sword. A perfect wrist snap of the hand should shake the blood off the sword before sheathing.
Iaido practitioners work with real blades and scabbards, which makes learning its sword tactics, strategies and techniques more realistic and intense.
– February 12, 2015