The Difference Between Iaijutsu and Iaido

The terms Iaijutsu and Iaido are often used interchangeably though they have slightly different meaning.

The Komei Jyuku is the only organization in North Carolina dedicated to the study and instruction of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu. There are other organizations in the area training similar arts such as Muso Shinden-ryu Iaido and Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido.

The primary distinction between the arts of Iaijutsu and Iaido is more philosophical than physical. ‘Jutsu’ and ‘Do’ are concepts not easily translated from Japanese to English but as a single word Jutsu should be considered as “Method” or “Application” and Do as “Way” or “Art”.

What this means in a class is that a Jutsu will focus on the practical applications of the martial art, and give a combative purpose to each movement while a Do will focus on honing the spirit of the practitioner, each movement given to internal reflection like a moving meditation.