IAI. The Art of Drawing the Sword by Darrell Max Craig

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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.

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Binding Paperback
Publisher Tuttle
Country of Origin Japan
Number of Pages 257
Pubilcation Date 1991
Condition New

Product details

  • Iaido Book
  • by Darrell Max Craig
  • Thick Book
  • Feudal Japan
  • Great read

Iai the Art of Drawing the Sword 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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lai: The Art of Drawing the Sword is a thorough examination of the traditional Japanese 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; techniques and drills for practice and demonstration; kata; and sword testing; as well as the story of the Chushingura (the 47 Ronin). Generously illustrated with photographs and line drawings, lai is a storehouse of information for both the aspiring student and the experienced swordsman.
Darrell Max Craig operates the Houston Budokan, a traditional Japanese martial arts school in Texas. He began his training while in the U.S. Marine Corps, studying in Japan with Gogen Yamaguchi from 1956, and in Okinawa with Zenryo Shimabukuro, beginning in 1958.

While in Okinawa, he also began the study of Okinawan weapon arts.

Among other ranks, he holds sixth dan in each of Shito Ryu Karate, Junse Goshin Budo Jujitsu, and Kendo; fifth dan in each of Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate, Okinawan Kobudo, Bojitsu, and laido; and fourth dan in each of Jo Do Osae Aikido, Judo (U.S.J.A. and Kodokan), and Osae Junse Aikido. He is the author of Japan's Ultimate Martial Art:
Jujitsu Before 1882, The Classical Japanese Art of Self-Defense, also from Tuttle Publishing.

 

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