About Iaido

Iaido is the study of drawing and cutting with the Japanese sword. The techniques we teach have a long colourful history in Japan and have been developed and refined over hundreds of years.

Seitei Iaido

Seitei is probably the most widely practised system of iaido (or sword drawing) in Japan and has a significant following throughout the world.

The original Seitei Iaido curriculum was developed by a technical committee of the ZNKR and introduced in 1968. The committee developed a set of seven kata that were heavily influenced by the forms and techniques of a broad cross section of classical sword schools. Since the original kata were introduced in 1968 the set has developed; three kata were added in 1981 and a further two in 2000 bringing the set to a total of 12, as follows.

Seiza no bu (kata commenced from the seated position, seiza)

1. (Ippon me): Mae
2. (Nihon me): Ushiro
3. (Sanbon me): Ukenagashi

Tate hiza no bu (kata commenced from the seated position, tate hiza)

4. (Yonhon me): Tsuka-ate

Tachi no bu (kata commenced from a standing position)

5. (Gohon me): Kesagiri
6. (Roppon me): Morotetsuki
7. (Nanahon me): Sanpogiri
8. (Hachihon me): Ganmenate
9. (Kyuhon me): Soetetsuki
10. (Juppon me): Shihogiri
11. (Juichippon me): Sougiri
12. (Junippon me): Nuki uchi

The 12 kata of the ZNKR are the basis of a system of Iaido training that offers a significant challenge and at the same time is extremely rewarding. The movements are often simple but can be very difficult to master. Ongoing practice builds the skill and understanding needed to perform each kata with precision and control.