Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I is for Iaijutsu

Historically, Iaijutsu is the Japanese art of fast sword drawing first developed in the 15th century. In modern times, it is known as Iaido which translates roughly as "the way of mental presence and immediate reaction", or so wiki tells me. I first encountered the term in the old Bushido RPG, where IIRC it was a skill one could take to strike first in the first round of combat.

1 comment:

  1. I've encountered both terms before but I had no idea one was the evolution of the other. Excellent choice of picture! Iaido captures the wonderful feel of the lone samurai and his singing sword as everything around him is split in twain.