Dave Rathnow is coming to Otafest 2014!
Iaido is a traditional Japanese sword art, more commonly known as "The Way of Drawing the Sword". It is a non-combative martial art practiced with a metal replica or a real katana (Japanese sword). Practitioners work to achieve improved awareness by focusing the mind and body on a complex, single activity. Iaido practice was first formalized sometime in the late 16th century, but its roots go far back to the origins of the Samurai, Japan's old warrior class.
This session will present a history of Iaido and the role the sword played in the life of the Samurai. There will be demonstrations of Iaido kata, or "forms", as well as of cutting with a real katana.
Dave Rathnow has studied Iaido for over 19 years and has 5th dan ranking in the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido school. He teaches for the Shin Ken Kai Nobara Iaido Club in Calgary and gives regular demonstrations at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens in Lethbridge.