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Below you'll find some videos and other resources to help in your study of Iaido with us.

Please note, you cannot learn Iaido from these or any other videos. These are being provided as cliff notes and refreshers to supplement and review what you learn in class.

Also, there are very strict rules about what you can and cannot share regarding Iaido. These videos and the information on this page are private and just for you. Please do not share these or links to this material with anyone.

VIDEOS

Week 1


The following videos cover the material taught in Week 1: How to Tie Your Obi, Rehio, Suburi and Tanren, Kata 1: Mae (Nukitsuke Furikaburi and Kirioroshi) 

How to Tie Your Obi Version 1

The first method on how to tie an obi - I am so young!  I still had hair!

How to Tie Your Obi Version 2

The 2nd Way to tie an Obi.  Still with hair.

Reiho - Opening Etiquette

In this video I review the method of passing the sword across for the opening bow.

Torei - Bowing to the Sword

In this video I review the method of bowing to the sword and placing it into the obi/belt.

Ippon me - Mae Nukitsuke

In this video I review the sequence of steps to draw and cut horizontally in a smooth motion.

Ippon me - Mae Furikaburi and Kirioroshi

In this video I review the method of passing the sword overhead and delivering a final cut.

Week 2


The following videos cover the material taught in Week 1 & 2: The Dojo Warm Up, Worlds Greatest Stretch Sequence, Suburi and Tanren, Kata 1: Mae (O-Chiburi and Noto)

Dojo Warm Up and Stretching Sequence

A Dynamic Warm up to prepare you for keiko

Suburi 1 - Left Hand Only Kirioroshi

Focusing on correct hand position and shoulder movement

Suburi 2 - Right Hand Only Kirioroshi

Focusing on correct hand position and shoulder movement

Suburi 3 - Alternating Ukenagashi and Kirioroshi

Introducing Blocking and Cuttting mechanics

Ippon me - Mae O Chiburi

In this video I review the method of demonstrating zanshin (awareness) and moving the sword out of the way.

Ippon me - Mae Noto

In this video I review the sequence of steps to put the sword back in the saya (scabbard).

Closing Reiho

How to take off the sword, pay it respect and offer respect to your dojo enviroment and training partners

Week 3


The following videos cover the material taught in Week 3: Kata 2 - Ushiro

How to Perform the Turn of Ushiro

From standing to seiza.

How to Perform the Standing version of Ushiro

An alternative for those with knee problems

Ushiro Embu

A demonstration of the form as explained in class.

Week 4


The following videos cover the material taught in Week 4: Kata 3 - Ukenagashi

Ukengashi Footwork Dance

Perfect Practice while waiting for the kettle to boil.

Ukenegashi - Full Kata Breakdown

With some minor adjustments due to low ceilings

Bonus Video

So, I was late getting these up this week due to non-iai life getting in the way. Ironcially, I was also interuppted back in 2020 when uploading the videos of Ukenagashi for our Digital Dojo during the pandemic, so instead I explained the different parts of the sword. I thought you guys might benefit from that video too, so....enjoy! 😀

Week 5


The following videos cover the material taught in Week 5: Kata 4 - Tsuka-ate

Tsuka-ate: How to Sit in Tatehiza

Have fun. It gets easier (that's a fib)

Tsuak-ate: The Footwork

How to get up, turn the hips and finish.

Tsuka-ate: How to Strike (Ate) and Thrust (Tsuki)

The correct method for drawing the thrusting safely.

Tsuka-ate: Kaburi and Kirioroshi

In this video I review the method of passing the sword overhead and delivering a final cut.

Tsuka-ate: Yokko Chiburi and Noto

How to move the sword to the right and put it away

Tsuka-ate: Embu

A demonstration of Tsuka-ate at 2 speeds

Week 6


The following videos cover the material taught in Week 6: Kata 5 - Kesa-giri. I apologize for the poor sound and low res of these videos - sadly, the roof of my home does not allow correct demonstration of the key points.

Kesa-giri: Suburi

A simple exercise to practice correct cutting using the left hand.

Kesa-giri: Making the Two Cuts

How to correctly make the two cuts used in Kesa-giri and the kaburi for the second cut.

Kesa-giri: Timing the Two Cuts

Connecting the Sword, hips and footwork

Kesa-giri: How to take Hassō-no-kamae

Moving the sword without additional actions

Kesa-giri: How to make Chiburi

How to make Chiburi from hassō - pay close attention to the left hand. 😉

Kesa-giri: Noto

How to put the sword away

ARTICLES

Below are a selection of articles and media appearances in Irish Fighter Magazine. 

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 2, 2015. "The BKA and the Phantom Terror", the experience of two of our instructors in their Iaido exams.

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 4 , 2016. "O'Brien and Kennedy Make Irish Martial Arts History", the experience of two of our instructors in their Jodo exams.

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 4 , 2016. "O'Brien is Winner at This Year's Masamune Taikai", what it is like to compete in an international  Iaido Competition.

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 2 , 2017. "Kathryn Cassidy - Ireland's Warrior Woman", a profile on Dublin Kendo instructor Kathryn Cassidy. 

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 4 , 2017. "Art of the Japanese Sword".

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 2 , 2018. "Soul of the Samurai: Living the Warrior Way". A profile on Budo's effect on daily life from Dublin Kendo Instructor Batman O'Brien

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 2 , 2018. "Belfast Brings the Budo". Members of Dublin Kendo travel north to support our friends and the arts.

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 4 , 2018. "Eight Swords for Dublin". Celebrating a successful grading for Dublin Kendo Iaido students

Irish Fighter Magazine, Issue 4 , 2019. "Jodo: A National Treasure Martial Art". Celebrating the successful of Jodo in Dublin Kendo Kobukai.

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