Iaidō, abbreviated with iai, is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes being aware and capable of quickly drawing the sword and responding to a sudden attack... NCKF Events and Calendar The NCKF and affiliate Schools "Dojo's", sponsor an average of 12 tournaments throughout the year. In addition, the NCKF sponsors 12, monthly mass practices, or "Godo Keiko"; two rank testings, The Northern California Kendo Championship, an annual NCKF summer camp, and special seminars. .

The All Japan Kendo Federation defined the grading requirements for ZNKR Seitei Iaido in 1968. Dan ranks are awarded to Iaido practitioners who attend grading sessions and show a mastery of the skills and kata required for the attempted rank. Within Canada, the Canadian Kendo Federation governs the ranks and teaching of Iaido. The university iaido clubs in Japan are gradually gaining more influence in the iaido world, and are going to be the key for future development of iaido. Among the clubs that practice iaido, some group dojos have a particularly long history compared to other regular dojos. The Houston Kenshikan is a non-profit organization that provides high quality instruction to students in the Houston area. The Kenshikan is a member dojo of the Southern US Kendo & Iaido Federation, a regional federation of the All US Kendo Federation.