For those familiar with Japanese culture, it may come as no surprise that there exists a highly specialized martial art focused on learning to draw the Japanese sword.
IAIDO (pronounced "ee-eye-doe"), is the Art of Drawing the Japanese Sword.
And, right here in Central Oregon, we have the unique opportunity to study this highly disciplined, traditional martial art. John Pritchard, a 4th dan (or 4th degree black belt) in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido, teaches classes each Tuesday evening from his dojo in Bend, OR.
When asked to comment on studying iaido, John replies, "Iai tends to attract individuals who are highly detail and precision oriented, and not afraid of a challenge. It looks easy, but learning to control and integrate your mind, body, and spirit with the sword requires intense concentration, and lots and lots of practice. It can be extremely humbling."