Iaido Kenjutsu:Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the nihonto katana (Japanese long sword) from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, chiburi (moving the blade in such as way as to remove blood) , and then noto (returning the blade to the scabbard). Iaido originated in the katana (long sword) techniques of the samurai of Japan, which were developed beginning around 1390. When the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867) unified the country after a long period of civil conflict Iaido became a form of moving meditation. Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (1546?-1621) is considered the legendary founder of Iaido. SRSK Iaido students start learning the art using a wooden sword called a bokken. As skills and techniques are built, students can advance to using unsharpened steel blades called Iaito. Only advanced practitioners of Iaido use a sharpened metal sword or shinken. Some advanced practitioners use very old, hand-forged Japanese swords for their Iaido practice.