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Philosophy is at the very core of traditional
iaijutsu. Even during
the formative years of the art, when it was a practical necessity for
self-defense or for use in the samurai's vocation as a warrior or government official, a person might only have to use the combative
skills of iaijutsu once or twice in a lifetime. The rest of
the time, iaijutsu was useful chiefly as a source of personal
discipline, spiritual development, and a character-building philosophy of life. It is for this
reason that iaijutsu (the Art of Iai) was
eventually transformed into iaido (the Iai Way of Life)
in most modern systems.
In the 21st century, most people will never need to use iaijutsu in self-defense. Nevertheless, its primary value continues to be the development of a disciplined lifestyle, purity of spirit, and a character-driven philosophy of life. To help Iaido Web Dojo visitors understand the philosophy of traditional iaijutsu, we have provided the following philosophical information:
We encourage you to make use of this information to enhance your knowledge and understanding of traditional iaijutsu. We also encourage you to tell us what we can do to make this site even more beneficial and meaningful to you. Please take the time to sign our guest book, visit our iaido discussion forum, or send us an email to give us your suggestions.
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© 2003 Leonard J. Pellman
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