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Although Iaido may be classed as a separate martial art, it is closely related and complementary to Kendo. Kendo practice requires 2 people fencing each other armed with shinhai (bamboo swords) and wearing armour, whereas Iaido is practised on an individual basis wearing a gi, juban, hakama and obi. Practitioners use a real or an imitation sword, called an iaito. The aim of the exercise is to perform a set of movements (kata), in which the sword is drawn, an imaginary opponent is cut, and then the sword is resheathed. The ultimate purpose of Iaido, Nike Air Jordan 1 High however, is to master the ability to overcome the enemy without the sword being drawn in the first place ?? in other words, to conquer the enemy ??spiritually??, with the sword still in the sheath, and so resolve problems without having to even resort to violence. There is one quote that explains this way of thinking: ??The mind is not disturbed by the self being beaten up but by the self beating up others.?? History: Iaido derives from the ancient way of the Samurai warrior (bushi), and the forerunner of the art we know today, Iaijutsu, was used in earnest on the battlefield, whereas Iaido was designed to practise ??the way of the sword??. Evidence suggests that the bokken used today in Iaido has been used as a weapon since around 400 AD. The bokken is a solid wooden stick with the same shape, weight and approximate length as a sword, and is usually made of red or Reebok Sublite Super white oak. Bokken technique was followed by the art of tachikaki (drawingthe sword from its scabbard). The blade (tachi or katana), was long and straight and the Japanese warrior would carry it on his left side. A shorter blade was used for quick-draw techniques known as batto.