On the first level of learning, the outer forms are rehearsed over a long period of time by repeating them umpteen times (SHU). At the next level of learning (HA) the external movement sequences are brought into harmony with the internal (energetic) ones and the suitability for use is developed or deepened. At the highest level the swordsman leaves form (RI). This does not simply mean automation, but freedom from form.
What do the terms SEISHIN-SHISEI-MUSHIN-ZANSHIN-KIME mean?
The formerly martial art of IAI-JUTSU (formerly Battojutsu) is now mostly referred to as Iai-DO to describe the philosophical component and aesthetics of this martial art in the sense of a "way (DO) training”. As a holistic system of character training, all components of physique, psyche, ethics and spirituality are touched and moved in equal measure. Ideally, an ethically upright and clear attitude (SEISHIN) and an inner calm state (SHISEI), the mind becomes empty (MUSHIN) and can be in open attention (ZANSHIN) in harmony with the energy, unfold its power precisely (KIME). The harmony that is experienced and felt leads to spiritual knowledge through constant practice, the experience of unity, from which compassion and the inner desire for peacefulness grow.
What tradition is The Art of Swift Sword Drawing based on?
The Japanese Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (1549-1621) is the founding of Iai-Do attributed, although the term has only been used since 1932. It was the beginning of the so-called "Edo period" (autocracy of the Tokugawa shogunate), which put an end to the centuries of constant military conflicts in old Japan and brought about a long period of peace. This created space for an inner development process of the samurai, who were now primarily occupied with administrative tasks as high officials. However, in order to maintain their fitness for war, but also to steer their strength and sense of honor in harmless ways, martial arts schools were established all over Japan, in which the samurai could continue to practice handling their swords without killing them. Samurai weren't just warriors. The word "samurai" evolved phonetically from "saburai" which was derived from "sabura"<. Stand by, guard, serve. A high sense of honor and bravery marked their character, which they constantly strived to perfect, also through the fine arts such as poetry and painting. In general, one can say that they maintained a lifestyle based on values and quality standards.
Today Iaido is becoming the traditional one Budo Disciplines counted as kyudo, kendo, aikido and judo. People who seriously practice a budo discipline (budoka) use learning martial arts as a personal path of further development.
The "Art of Swift Sword Drawing" is based on the martial strategy of defeating the opponent in a flash with just one blow, already with the drawing of the sword. The underlying philosophy is to be understood from the point of view of limiting any fighting and use of force to the minimum extent necessary. Because the samurai, who lived in the constant face of death, knew – despite all the brutality of military conflicts – to understand and appreciate the value of life, which was also true of the man-to-man warfare that was still common at the time. In addition to technical skill and precision, the absolute control of the mind was the necessary basis of this difficult martial art. A swordsman who balanced physical mastery of technique, mind and energy with wielding the sword KI KEN TAI ICHI. From a master of this level, at best, only the grip of the sword or a steady look is enough to dissuade the opponent from his possibly malicious intentions. If the warning sign was not understood or ignored, the potential attacker usually had to pay with his life.
Iaido is one of the "internal (soft) martial arts", since the external development of power (in the lightning-like action) is the result of an internal transformation process that requires the regulation and targeted control of breathing, energy, emotion and spirit. These are mutually influencing and determining factors which, if harmony is achieved, produce effectiveness in the function.
KOKORO DO – Martial Arts Mentoring has established itself as a branch of TOSA JUKU AUSTRIA HONBU DOJO also dedicated to the care and cultivation of the more than 450 year old martial art Iaijutsu/Iaido with the samurai sword. This martial art is in the lineage of MUSO JIKIDEN EISHIN RYU, from the 21. Main Master Sekiuchi Komei, Komei Juku-Ha taught. This line is considered KORYU (old school) particularly difficult to learn and is based on authentic execution, far away from stereotypism or show elements.
TOSA JUKU AUSTRIA HONBU DOJO was created by the Austrian swordsman pioneer and commissioned representative (Shibucho) Erwin Steinhauser, 6th Dan (European Iaido Association) justified. In the effort to get as close as possible to the origin of the line with precise technique and spirit, there is the practice of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu-Do, under constant practical testing of realism and efficiency.
In April 2018, O'Sensei Erwin Steinhauser designated his longtime student Doris Nachtlberger as his successor during her lifetime. He authorized and commissioned them to pass on and maintain this ancient martial art, which should remain alive and accessible to interested parties through intensive, practical and theoretical discussion. Ongoing "eye to eye" training (Jap. Isshin Deshin - from heart to heart) between O'Sensei Steinhauser and his designated student ensure quality and further development.
The enraged will experience defeat - in battle, and in civilian life.