The Value of Iaido Kata

Some of my Aikido guys questioned the value of iaido training. Specifically since it consists mostly of kata (forms) practice.

We didn’t even mention the fact that at a certain level most of the practice is suwariwaza (seated.)

I found this video on Youtube of an iaido old-timer, Haga Junichi.

The quality of posture and movement here is pretty evident.

At points in the video he reminds me of the kenjutsu expert from Kurosawa’s “7 Samurai”.