True Essence of the Takeda Ryu Iaido
J. Maroteaux, 5th Dan Iaido Takeda Ryu
The Japanese art of the sword isnít only a simple kind of fencing. Not only that
the techniques must be applied with caution and accuracy, but also the body must
be in harmony with the technique, taking
always flexible and straight postures. Here is extremely important to remember
that Iaido Takeda Ryu involves a profound study of the abdominal breathing that
is able to launch a Kiai just to the right moment, that of the blade's impact.
The rapidity of the execution, of the dodges and the blocking too, of the
counter-attacks and the shifting, becomes an essential factor in the profound
study of the sword techniques. These sword techniques are practiced in Takeda
Ryu under two forms namely Taichi Ken Jutsu (effective combat standing) and
Iaido Ė to draw effective oneís sword out of the scabbard. There is also a very
important element, to be always in harmony with the opponent, both on the
physics and on the mental level, always in hopes of obtaining the victory but
without this be an element bound only by chance or hazard. In Takeda Ryu Iaido,
it must always keep in mind the thought that the opponent can be a dreaded
expert in a martial arts school, which not will give up to the fight than when
this will be the only choice left available.
When two samurais fought in the times of glory
the medieval Japan, the both knew clearly that one of them will die, but they
didnít know whom. Even if Iaido Takeda Ryu is
one of the fundamental disciplines of the Takeda School at present and therefore
she is accessible to anyone, the necessary frame of mind isnít very spreader in
Occident and itís few those that are able to get it through training.
To a very high level, the Nuki Waza study for example permits the cutting with
the sword just where is fixed the sight. To an even higher level, it can tend to
strike exactly where the sight was fixed on the opponent, before the effective
beginning of the combat.
In actual fact, the Iaido art consist in taking the blade out of the scabbard to
strike the first the opponent who also attack in the same time in a total
unpredictable manner. To touch such performances hard to imagine
it must train both the technique and even especially the spirit. The spirit is
trained through not attaching it to anything.
At the moment when it marks the intention of the opponent to attack, the spirit
must not be attached to nothing, or maybe different saying, the spirit must be
fixed on the ensemble man-sword, without to remark something particular. Many
people try to pursue the opponent sword, but this is a mistake that must be
avoided. Maybe some people will comment thatís easy to explain through words.
Thatís right! It needs training assiduous and intense, performed with a great
concentration which to permit this sublimation frame. The spirit must remain
always careful and not be distracted by anything from those being all around him.
great masters say that the perfection begin to be outlined when the spirit of
the practitioner suffer this transmutation from his body to the blade of the
sword that he handles.
The Iaido practiced in the Takeda Ryu school is kept and transmitted just in the
form in which he was applied on the battlefield, knowing a great variety of
techniques and also applications of these.
Only the spirit is that which can agree with the gesture permitting to obtain a
skill special from beginning, then also a true mastership. This is the only
possible way over the perfection and she is approachable to anything only
In Romania, Iaido Takeda Ryu is thaught by the Chief-Instructor of Bujutsu
Takeda Ryu Romania, Sensei Cristian Laiber, 1 dan Iaido Takeda Ryu, 5 dan
Aikijutsu Takeda Ryu - renshi.
IAIDO classes in Bucharest : friday 19-20.30
Pitesti: tuesday / thursday :19-20