Went to a seminar held in a local sports hall, a mixture of Kendo and Iaido. I was there while they were practising Kendo with wooden swords (bokuto) and Iaido kata with metal swords. Kendo is more about battling an opponent, Iaido is more about battling yourself.
Some shots from the event.
This particular gentleman has suffered a broken arm in the past, which has deformed his arm somewhat, which only became apparent to me in this photo.
You don’t need to be particularly young to take part in this martial art.
Iaido kata involves some 12 ‘forms’, or little scenarios, some of which start and end in a kneeling position. In ‘old’ Japan, much of formal life took place in ‘seiza’, or kneeling, so it was a good idea to practice defence from an attack in that position. You drill the forms to perfection, so that you can draw, cut, re-sheath the sword in precise, efficient movements.
Lastly, a color shot, showing the Japanese instructor in the traditional indigo blue-dyed kit.
Kendo is not all just about wearing armour and whacking your opponent with a bamboo ‘shinai’. There are all sorts of different aspects, which this instructor was imparting at the seminar.