IAIDO (pronounced "ee-eye-doe"), the Art of Drawing the Japanese Sword, is one of the oldest classical forms of Budo. Iaido is largely a solitary pursuit where the practitioner continues to refine a series of highly controlled, precise movements in response to combative situations involving one or more imaginary attackers. Iaido is performed in a very calm, solemn manner and requires significant concentration and focus as careful repetition is used to polish the techniques.
For new students, we introduce the concepts necessary to undertake the study of iaido: dojo etiquette, general philosophy, footwork, body positioning, and knowledge and movement of the sword. Initially, students should wear loose fitting clothing and use a wooden sword.
In early April 2009, our program instructor, John Pritchard took part in a photo shoot for Paul Clark's "Black and Red Photography" of Bend, Oregon. Paul wrote about the shoot in his blog, and posted some of his favorite photos online. You can find this article and photos on the "Bend Budo" Black and Red News Blog.
New Iaido students are welcome at any time. Even if you have iaido experience with an iaito or shinken, please bring a bokuto or bokken for your first classes while you get a feel for how our classes are conducted.
Classes are held every Tuesday evening from 7:30-9pm. Call 541-633-7619 for class location.
Iaido: Tuesdays 7:30-9pm
Location: Contact Instructor for Current Training Location