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IAI the Art of Drawing the Sword

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Master the ancient samurai art of iaijutsu with this expert martial arts guide.

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 anc
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 15th 1991 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1983)
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Victor Whitman
Jun 24, 2013 Victor Whitman rated it liked it
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.
Kevin O'brien
Apr 12, 2013 Kevin O'brien rated it liked it
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.
Heath Nevergold
Feb 14, 2013 Heath Nevergold rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 11, 2013 Christopher rated it really liked it
This was a very well rounded introduction to iaido. The book covers a bit of the history, philosophy, and the technical aspects of the art. I enjoyed what was a very well rounded and entertaining read.
Ole Bentsen
Jun 02, 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.
Mar 09, 2008 Finbar rated it really liked it
A nice overview of the Art and rituals behind it. This is a great place for beginners or those interested in finding out more about the traditions behind Japanese swordsmanship.
Oct 07, 2008 Dan rated it liked it
Well written and a good text for introduction to the art of Iai. Nice illustrations to support the text.
Michael Hall
Sep 16, 2012 Michael Hall rated it really liked it
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Informative, and dry, overview of drawing and handling a sword in the samurai style. Great for knowledge and further reinforcement of the philosophy that is also an artform.
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