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Iaidō

Iai Beheading

Name

Kanji

居合道

Rōmaji

Iaidō

Literal English

Way of Iai

Data

Classification

Kenjutsu, Fighting Style

Class

Offensive

Range

Short-range

Users

  • Koyoichi Alter
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  • Koyoichi Ayime
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  • Suzaku Masamune
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The term Iaidō (居合道) refers to a specific style of kenjutsu that is concerned with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. The linear motion and force applied to draw the sword from its scabbard results in slashes that are faster and stronger than ones realised with the sword already drawn.

The speed at which these techniques can be executed — the initial strike in particular — is such, that when performed by a skilled user, it can prevent enemy shinobi from forming hand seals (and thus ninjutsu), by exploiting the small opening that these movements create. This makes them highly effective against most shinobi and potentially, those of even Hanzō's calibre, if performed by one who has mastered the style, such as Mifune.[1]

References

  1. Naruto chapter 531, page 13


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