History of Iaido

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Hayashizaki Shigenobu, the founder of Iai

The founder of Iaido, Hayashizaki Shigenobu, was born in Tateoka, Oshu (now Murayama City) in the 11th year of Tenbun (1542) during the Warring States period.

His father, Kazuma Asano, is assassinated in Kyoto by Saka Ichiunsai on his way home from Go.

Since I was 13 years old, I have been praying for worship at Kumano Shrine in Murayama City and devoting myself to training.

It is said that God taught the secret of Iai (sword pulling) and devised Hayashizaki's dream, and many schools were born from there.

Kumano Shrine (currently the number one shrine in Japan, Hayashizaki Iai Shrine), where Hayashizaki Shigenobu trained and founded Iaido, is worshiped by many people every year as a sacred place for Iaido.

The place where Iaido started, Iai Shrine, the number one shrine in Japan

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The spirit of Iaido

It is taught that the ultimate practice of Iaido is the pursuit of harmony.

Iai rehearses the "type" that has been handed down from ancient times.

Starting with etiquette (sword etiquette)

You will learn how to use your body, how to handle a sword, and where to pay attention by practicing the movements of a certain type, assuming the enemy yourself.