Iaidō (居合道), is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack.
It is one of the oldest and most respected martial arts of Japan, and traces its origins to the techniques and methods used by the samurai to gain mastery of the sword, and ultimately of the mind. Iaido implies a lifelong pursuit of self-knowledge and self-discipline through a demanding physical and mental training regimen.
Ren Ma is an Iaido dojo located in Portland, OR. We were formed in 2012 by head instructor Stephen Uchida, kendo 4 dan, with the help of our advisor Robert Stroud, kendo kyoshi 7 dan, iaido 6 dan. Our door is always open to visitors.