As in all other martial arts footwork is crucial in Iaido. Although not immediately obvious, how one moves his/her lower limb dictates the effectiveness of the sword movements (re: blog published 18th Sept 2017 titled "Ashi, Koshi, Katana").
Most schools nowadays often leave out this part of the training, yet expect the students to somehow picks it up on their own. If you have experience in Aikido or Karate, they do emphasise the footworks quite extensively. In Iai, this is
The first time I held a real sword in my hands, I was terrified. I was afraid I would cut my hand. Who wouldn't, right!? Shisho(師匠) that day said I was not progressing well with practice. There is something missing in my technique. He instructed a senpai (先輩) of mine to lend me his real sword to continue the practice.
I said goodbye to my fingers jokingly before performing the ipponme (一本目). At the end of it, Shisho applauded and said that was by far the best ipponme he has
The term "Bushido" is generally associated with Samurai and how they do not fear death, or kill themselves readily in the name of honour. Well, is that true?
In many ways, yes, but only loosely. One cannot deny this image has to do with the samurai's code of conduct, and much more from movies and semi-fictional stories. If you do travel back in time and meet the actual samurais four to five hundred years ago and ask them about "Bushido", they would probably give you a blank