Why Anyone Can Practice Iaido!

There are many perceptions people have about iaido that prevent them from practicing it. The truth is, anyone can do iaido!
By: Japanese Martial Arts Center
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Dec. 7, 2021 - PRLog -- Did you know iaido – Japanese swordsmanship – isn't as dangerous as it sounds?

In actuality, iaido is quite safe. You aren't handed a katana on your first day. You start with a bokken – a wooden sword – to practice the basic movements. You'll use this bokken until you and your sensei are confident that you're ready to use a dull metal sword called an iaito. After doing well with the iaito, you can move up to a real sword. Every martial artist moves at their own pace, and there's no shame in using the bokken or iaito longer than some of your dojomates. Iaido is about personal growth and development rather than competition.

While iaido is safe, it's always important to remember no physical activity is completely free of risk. At JMAC, we train in a safe and systematic way to help reduce risk, and we can proudly say our dojo has never seen a serious injury!

Iaido might also seem like it's for young, fit, skilled individuals, but that's not the truth. Just like with any new activity, when you begin iaido, you aren't immediately going to be good at it. Don't let that discourage you. Even your skilled dojomates and sensei had to start from square one! If you feel like you're too clumsy to practice iaido, just give it some time. You won't hurt anyone or yourself with a bokken and iaido's precise movements will teach you focus and control. Iaido is also great for older people and non-athletes because it involves relatively slow movements that don't challenge the cardiovascular system as much as other martial arts.

What will you learn when you start iaido in Ann Arbor?

Iaido will teach you precision, efficiency, attention to detail, focus, and confidence. Still unsure about iaido? JMAC holds iaido classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday. See our full schedule. Drop by a class and observe to see if it meets your expectations.

Iaido is for everyone! Contact us today to begin iaido in Ann Arbor (https://www.japanesemartialartscenter.com/learnmore/anyon...).

About Japanese Martial Arts Center
: Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, JMAC is an authentic Japanese martial arts facility that focuses on karate, judo, Nihon jujutsu, and iaido serving the Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Pinckney, and Canton areas as well as all of Southeast Michigan. Experienced instructors train the mind, body, and spirit of members at an individualized pace, offering martial arts to both experienced and inexperienced students. https://www.japanesemartialartscenter.com/contact

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