First off, I doubt that I have earned the title Sensei, so David or even "Hey you!" will do
Your age is actually good for 2 reasons. First, this is a kids/teens forum, so age really doesnt matter in here much. Second, I am your age, so don't feel alone.
"Please try to overlook my age as much as possible even though I know its hard to listen and agree with a kid. Sincerely ~ sjr"
Your opinions will always be respected, and it most definitely isn't hard to listen and agree with a kid....seeing how I am one...
As for Iaido....(well, you asked for it...)
Most of this should be accurate.
Iaido is a martial art that teaches how to wield the Samurai Sword (Katana) or the Long Samurai Sword in older, more -jutsu styles (These teach the Tachi instead of the Katana). Iaido was formed around the 1600's when Kendo masters felt that the Kendo-ka were concentrating too much on fighting and less on how to draw the sword and have the mental aspects.
Kendo is a martial art also teaching the Samurai sword, except that it is more sparring oriented. In Kendo, you learn Kata (mainly 2 person kata/kumite) and then you learn to spar with swords.
Anyway, The Kendo masters felt that the Kendo-ka weren't concentrating on the mental aspects and drawing the sword enough, so they created a martial art that was intended to be learnt along side with Kendo, to make a more rounded learning. To this day, if you speak to Kendo-ka, most of them have studied Iaido, and vice versa.
Iaido is considered to be one of the most mental of all martial arts, and teaches how to live in harmony through mastering the sword and then yourself. I
If you want to read some cool stories about Iaido/Kendo, I highly recomend reading some of the stories about Miyamoto Musashi, one of the most famous swordsmen ever.
Hope this helps,
And again, you and everyones opinion is always respected immensely,
[This message has been edited by dominiuno (edited June 05, 2002).]