Iaido Program at Florida Aikido Center
Iaido (居合道) is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing a katana from its saya (scabbard), striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade and then returning the blade to the saya. Iaido translates as “the way of immediate action” and its emphasis is on precise, controlled, fluid motion. It is almost entirely practiced using kata (forms) and does not involve sparring of any kind.
Our Iaido program helps students develop a still and focused mind, as well as a body that is simultaneously alert but relaxed. Iaido training improves overall concentration and muscle control, and is excellent, low-impact exercise for the arms, upper back, core abdominal muscles and legs.
The dojo does have bokken for use by beginning students, but each Iaido student is expected to purchase his or her own katana. Remember, you will need to temper the blade by grinding-down the cutting edge, so keep this in mind when buying a sword. Additionally, students will eventually be expected to wear a hakama (baggy samurai pants) for class. Hakama vary in price based on quality, size and material, but typically range from $60 to $140.
Friday: 5:45 - 6:45p