Iai: Art of Drawing the Sword

Iai: Art of Drawing the Sword


By (author) Darrell Craig

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 202mm x 20mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 22 December 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0804870233
  • ISBN 13: 9780804870238
  • Edition: 4, New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: lin
  • Sales rank: 376,791

Product description

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 samurai culture, and documenting the techniques of swordsmanship, as no other book in English does. "IAI: The Art of Drawing the Sword" is a thorough examination of the traditional Japanese martial art of iaijutsu. Included in this volume are introductions to sword care and selection; general etiquette and the training uniform and gear; proper basic sword procedure; sword techniques and drills for practice and demonstrations; kata; and sword testing; as well as the story of the Chushingura (the 47 Ronin). Generously illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings, "IAI: The Art of Drawing the Sword" is a storehouse of information for both the aspiring student and the experienced swordsman.

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