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From the Publisher"At last! The martial arts have long awaited a book on genuine iaidõ. It could only have been done properly through a Japanese-American collaboration like this—Master Shimabukuro, with his unparalleled expertise and classical training, and Mr. Pellman, who has translated this unique philosophy into understandable Western terms. Flashing Steel will be a true milestone of the art."
—Alfonso Gomez, Martial Arts Director, University of California, San Diego, CA
“Why would a t’ai chi ch’uan student and instructor for over twenty years want to take up iaidõ? I was curious, initially, to explore a different tradition and approach. But I have been captivated by the experience and insights iaidõ offers. It begins with a stillness, an upright posture, breath natural, mind calm. Then the draw: the bright flash and hiss of steel that reveal the subtle qualities of the substantial (sword) cutting through the insubstantial (air). I encourage others—newcomers or current iaidõ enthusiasts—to acquire this remarkable took and explore the mysteries of iaidõ.”
—Michael Conniry, T’ai Chi Ch’uan Instructor, Grossmont/Cuyumaca Colleges, El Cajon, CA