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IAI The Art of Drawing the Sword
To the Japanese, the sword is a spiritual weapon, possessed of a kind of divinity, a self reflective of the soul of its maker, owner, and user. Around its mystical powers has grown a centuries-old ritual and a fascinating, intricate discipline. This unique guide unlocks the mysteries of this ancient ritual practice, explaining the history and significance of swords in the ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 15th 1991 by Tuttle Publishing
(first published 1983)
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A little esoteric for those not learning one of the sword arts. I read a version published in 1981, pretty early. It is a good manual and introduction. I only skimmed the description of the katas, which form about a third of the book, as this is not a style that I am familiar with; however, sections on the history of the sword, sword types, and history of the sword arts were well written and interesting. I would recommend this for people with some experience in martial arts.
I really liked this book, mainly for is reference material but also the anecdotes and stories used to illustrate the point were very informative and entertaining. I would recommend this book for anyone whom practices Iaido and Kendo as a reference for the basics and some of the similarities & differences in various styles.
Reasonable overview of Iaido; the majority of the text describes the formal aspects of practice, with some philosophical and comparative information near the end. The images that are present are clear black-and-white photographs, with close-ups of specific aspects of the technique, although no waza can be learned from a book.
Jul 29, 2007 Ole Bentsen is currently reading it
Recommends it for: anyone unable to hear the sound of an orange leaving the hand
This thing is rather plain and not very elaborately written, but it appears to be quite informative for those of us who are novice in the elegant drawing of the Sword. Includes handy tips on how to test your sword on stacks of unfortunate peasants.