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.
Dave Rathnow has studied Iaido for over 23 years and has 6th 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.