“Aiki Toho Iai Aiki Toho Iaido is “Iaido using the sword methodology of harmony with energy”. Aiki Toho Iai is a. Nishio Aikido Toho Iai – Part 1 – YouTube. Aikido instruction; 13 jo kata – YouTube Kendó, Harcművészetek, Marcus Valerius Martialis,. Több információ. Shoji Nishio was a Japanese aikido teacher holding the rank of 8th dan shihan from the Aikikai. He held the title of an Aikikai shihan and also created a new school of Iaido with forms from aikido, called Aiki Toho Iaido or Nishio-ryu Iai.

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Best style of Iaido for Aikido. Hi, I’ve been training in Aikido for a little more than a year. I just started to get into akido with the bokken and Jo.

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I wonder if taking up Iaido will help. I understand that there are differences different goals between Aiki-ken and Iaido, but I hope by doing Iaido I can improve my posture, mai, and find the correct state of aikkido whatever that is. Is Iaido good for Aikido? If yes, what is the best style for Aikido practitioners? Any advice is more than welcome.

I’ve been practicing Muso Shinden for a little while, and I really enjoy it. It reminds me more of the yoho ceremony than anything else – very meticulous, movements just so, highly meditative art. I felt it does enhance my aikido posture, as well as my awareness of one-point. Give it a try – I tiho you’ll like it. With out a doubt Aiki-Toho Iaido is the best system I have experianced and continue to practice.

Aiki Toho Iai is a series of kata founded by Shoji Nishio Sensei based directly on Aikido techniques, movements, and principles. These sword kata do not cut your opponent as in the other Iaido styles, although the understanding of how to cut your opponent is presented.


The choice, not to kill, is made available; a path of resolution is to cut in order to alkido the opponent, releasing them from harm, and the responsibility of harming. When studying Sikido you gain a better understanding of Aikido and when studying Aikido you gain a better understanding of Iaido.

Nishio Sensei often says that you cannot truly understand Aikido without studying the sword. The study and understanding of these kata relates directly to the tai-jitsu empty hand techniques of Aikido.

You also gain further understanding by practicing the same technique using tachi-sabaki movement using the sword and then using jo-sabaki movement using the jo. Further, the application of same Aikido technique is studied in ken-tai-ken sword vs.

For these techniques you use the bokken wooden sword and jo short wooden staff; the length of it is measured from the floor to armpit height.

Each of these ways of doing the same technique uses the same footwork and cuts.

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I also enjoyed Nishio sensei’s Aikido Toho tremendously. It is quite an advanced iaido system, inspired by aikido tehniques – sometimes, but not necessarily, almost exactly the way he did the aikido techniques without weapon. Unfortunately, Aikido Toho is discontinued, because of the death of its founder. Of course, there are people who still practice it – but the organization is closed, there is no grading in it, and so on. Aikido Toho is a complicated system with many difficult movements. It presupposes some substantial experience of basic iaido.

So, even if you do Toho, it is good to practice Seitei or some other iaido school – to understand and develop the basics of iai. In my dojo, we do aikibatto, which is an exercise system intended to be sort of a mix of aikiken and iaido, or an introduction to them: Among many other things, I learn sharpness, extension, rhythm, distance, positioning, exactness, and so on – all of it coming in handy also in aikido.


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Stefan Stenudd Otho aikido website: Last edited by Aikibu: It seem the consensus is that learning Iaido is a good complement to Aikido. I’ll give it a try. Please visit our sponsor: All times are GMT The time now is The Source for Aikido Information AikiWeb’s principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information. Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWebthe world’s most active online Aikido community!

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