Iaido is a Japanese martial art that encompasses hundreds of styles of swordsmanship, all of which subscribe to non-combative aims and purposes. Iaido is an intrinsic form of Japanese modern budo.
Iaido consists of four main components: the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard (or saya), striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard.
At Pacific Rim, members train in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaido. Ryushin is a school of kobudo (ancient martial arts) specializing in iaijutsu (the art of drawing and cutting), founded by Kawabata Terutaka and is composed of over 60 kata (prearranged solo forms), and iai kumitachi (two man bokken training). The origins of the iaijutsu kata can be traced back 500 years to the Japanese swordsmanship schools of Katori and Kashim.
Today, Ryushin Shouchi Ryu is practiced across the globe with several dojos in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.