Budo, like the sword, is wielded not to control
your opponent, but to control yourself.
You will develop the mind towards an ultimately
peaceful, harmonious, and active state that is ready to react and deal with any
of life’s situations. You not
only practice empty hand and weapon techniques including using the sword, but
also how to judge situations and opponents under all possible circumstances.
Your objective is not only to maintain safety for yourself, but for your
attacker as well.
and Iaido deal more with everyday situations rather than those on the
battlefield. The Japanese phrase,
"Tsune ni ite, kyu ni awasu", means whatever you may be doing or
wherever you may be, you must always be prepared for any eventuality.
Both Aikido and Iaido techniques guide you in dealing with many
situations such as a sudden attack by several opponents, a surprise attack while
bowing to someone, an enemy lying in wait behind a sliding door, or an attack in
a darkened room. The permutations
(suppositions) are countless. You practice to prepare for a surprise attack, where an
immediate, efficient solution to the problem of aggression is necessary.
Therefore, each technique is highly refined.
Every unnecessary movement is cut away to make the technique simple and
direct. Your training is aimed towards development of your every
mental and physical resource.