Iaido is a graceful practice involving the use and etiquette of the ‘katana’, or Japanese sword. It is more focused, and slower paced, than Aikido and most other martial arts.
Iaido practice promotes coordination, fitness, mental discipline and focus. There are fewer movements but they are sought to be perfected, thus it can be a meditative exercise, which takes great concentration.
O’sensei sent Chiba Sensei to study Iaido as a young man and he has continued to teach it in parallel with his Aikido. Through the years, he adapted its training to become conditioning for Aikido and developed a number of exercises to bring them together as one system.
The style of Iaido practised include Batto-ho, as well as some classes in Musō Shinden-ryū, Shindō Munen-ryū and Komei Juku Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryū (M.J.E.R) Iaijutsu.