San Shin Kai
Iaido literally means "the way of mental presence and immediate reaction." It is a form-based martial art practicing the techniques of drawing, cutting, and re-sheathing the katana, the curved Japanese long sword. Although incorporating a number of different actions, Iaido forms emphasize the combination of drawing the sword with striking one's assailant. While the martial application of this skill is not a part of modern society, the mental and physical qualities it cultivates (calm presence of mind; a relaxed, supple, and balanced body) are powerfully relevant to everyday life.
Samuel Kanner is yondan (4th degree black belt)
in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido. He began his Iaido
training with the late Marion Taylor, godan (5th
degree black belt) in 2004. A practitioner of
several martial arts, Samuel is Director of
Martial Arts at Hampshire College.
Aikido of Amherst Members: $40/month
If you are interested in Iaido practice, please contact Samuel Kanner at