Samurai art of drawing a sword ~ Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard or saya, striking or cutting an opponent, removing blood from the blade, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard.
thekimonogallery: Rare photo of true samurai, circa Japan, by photographer Felice Beato. A year or two after this photograph was taken, the samurai were abolished, and with it the Japanese feudal system.
Kurado Yasuji Sensei (my note: during the draw typically you push out on the tsuba with your thumb on the hand which is holding the scabbard. This thumb extension can sometimes be seen in good animations)