There are a few people at my Aikido dojo who practice the Japanese sword art of Iaido. I was told once by a fellow Aikidoist to stay away from Iaido, that it would ruin my Aikido, and so, in fear, I did for a long time. I now think that that is a silly notion. I think that ANY tool that you have in your tool box can help you on your path. I think baking cakes helps my Aikido. So does working in a crappy job. It is all how you look at it...you can take lessons away from any situation. I
I still never signed up for Iaido.