What is IAI? – 居合とは

IAI refers to the technical methods of ancient Japanese martial arts used to cope with a sudden enemy arrack when one is not prepared for war. IAI is a technique used to address all situations that may be possible in an attack. That is the IAI.

The biggest characteristic of IAI is “Nukiuchi”, literally translated into “draw the sword and cut the enemy in one hand.” It is a simultaneous movement of drawing and attacking with the sword to confront the coming enemy. The second and the third cut of the sword that follow will terminate the enemy.

The final reaching point or the ultimate goal of IAI is to control and win against the enemy without the need of drawing the sword from its sheath.