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IAI The Art of Drawing the Sword

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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.

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Overview

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.

This book is based upon the Japanese ritual of drawing the sword.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804870238
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 802,888
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa M. Rinne is Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Asian Art Museum.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    Great Starter

    If you are interested in starting Japanese swordsmanship, this is probably the best to start with. Iai will help teach you the drawing of the sword, the wiping of blood off of the sword, the return of the sword, and some basic fighting kata's. This book has excellent drawings of steps and full descriptions of steps. The only downside to this book is that Iai doesn't teach what to do with the sword after it is out of it's saya, 'It's like putting on a tuxedo and not going anywhere.' Darrell Max Craig.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    Sword Primer

    This book covers all aspects of Japanese sword.From examining a sword, ettiquete,seppuku, kata and history. This book is a must reference book for any martial artisit who is studying the sword. Iai, iai-jutsu, kendo etc...

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