In 1978 Sensei Passmore began training in Musho Shinden Ryu Iaido under Ishido Shizafumi and Hiroi Sensei – Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei, under the tutelage of Vic Cook within the British Kendo Federation and letterly with David Ansell 7 Dan.
Iaido is a Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard.
These four elements are the building blocks of Iaido.
While new students of iaido may begin learning with a wooden sword (bokken) depending on the teaching style of a particular instructor, many of those who study Iaido use an unsharpened sword called an Iaito.
Because of this non-competitive aspect, and Iaido's emphasis on precise, controlled, fluid motion, it is sometimes referred to as moving Zen or "gyuzen", with emphasis placed on movement, balance and breathing.
The term Iai is taken from the phrase 'Tsune ni itte, kyu ni awasu' - the meaning of which is "whatever we may be doing or wherever we may be, we must always be prepared for any eventuality".
Haruna Matsuo Nanadan Kyoshi December 1994