"Japanese Swordsmanship" by Warner and Draeger, published by Weatherhill, Inc. was my Iaido sensei's bible. The authors go into what we have been discussing in far greater depth than I can.
The relation between Kendo and Iaido on page 93, the second paragraph, is highly revealing. It formed my opinion of the two when I first read it years ago.
I view Kendo as a fighting art / sport. It is physically active, teaches control and tactics and has its own way of weapon handling with a shinai. I do not consider it a sword art.
<< is the "cut" achieved by right arm straightening in Iaido as in Kendo. or some shoulder shift? >>
I would have to say neither. To fully straighten an arm is to risk overextension. Generally the arms are slightly curved, matching the curve of your blade. While a draw cut, often performed like opening a double door, is one handed, most cuts in Iaido are two handed. Both arms and shoulders and the body work together from your "center", very similar to Aikido. OSensei developed the moves of Aikido from sword moves.
Edited by iaibear (01/19/10 11:18 AM)