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Martial Arts: Whangarei Iaido Club on the rise - Sport

New Zealand Herald - Dec 2, 2016
A club specialising in swords has come to Whangarei and is looking for prospective members who want to sharpen their skills. - Northern Advocate.

Three Taranaki Japanese sword students awarded black belts in ...

Stuff.co.nz - Oct 25, 2016
Last week New Plymouth's Yuka Kobayashi, Steven Gourdon and Reiko Smithers were awarded their black belts in the Japanese martial art of Iaido, or sword ...

Japan Has A Passion For Sport And A Big Future

Breaking Travel News - Jan 14, 2017
Judo, karate, aikido and iaido are four of the most popular of martial arts in Japan today. You only have to look at their success in the Olympics and World Championships to see how successful they continue to be as they lead the way in the world. The ...

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Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

by: Nicklaus Suino
To become an expert swordsman, one must pay close attention to detail, be highly self-critical, and practice diligently every day under the guidance of a good teacher. Unfortunately, contact time with a worthy mentor is limited for most. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship fills this obvious gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bokuto (wooden sword) drills to supplement the formal class activity of forms practice. Both single and two-person drills are presented, some common to .
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The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Eishin-Ryu Iaido

by: Nicklaus Suino
The original purpose of iaido was to slay an opponent with one stroke of the sword upon unsheathing; today it is practiced as a martial art, one that improves concentration, develops strength and coordination, and cultivates awareness of an ancient culture and its traditions. This manual of Eishin-Ryu (or "Pure Faith") iaido teaches the most widely practiced sword style, and is illustrated with step-by-step drawings to help students, from beginners to advanced, hone their forms and techniques. Introductory chapters explain the history and evolution of the art, the Japanese sword and related equipment, and the etiquette and code of the samurai, while an extensive glossary and bibliography are provided for further reference.
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The Spirit of the Sword: Iaido, Kendo, and Test Cutting with the Japanese Sword

by: Nakamura Taisaburo
Nakamura Taisaburo's landmark book on the art of the sword includes technical information, thoughtful analysis, and fascinating recollections of his own training and teaching. One of the most famous Japanese swordsmen of the twentieth century, Nakamura sensei is widely acknowledged as the preeminent reinvigorator of the practice of tameshigiri (test cutting) as a test of technical and spiritual mastery. The Spirit of the Sword--first published in Japanese in 1980, now translated into English for the first time--is regarded by many as the most complete of Nakamura's writings on Japanese swordsmanship.
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Iaido: History, Teaching & Practice Of Japanese Swordsmanship

by: William de Lange
For over a thousand years the sword has played a crucial role in Japanese society. Even today it remains a ubiquitous and venerated object, whether cherished as a work of art, admired as a feat of technology, or wielded in one of the many schools of fencing that have survived Japan's feudal era. This book not only explains the techniques of that era's most prominent school, it also gives the reader a fascinating insight in the history and martial ethics that underpin the modern day practice of Japanese fencing, an art known to the Japanese as Iaido.
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Kendo, Kenjutsu or Iaido? Understanding the Differences

Kendo 剣道 Kenjutsu 剣術 and Iaido 居合道 are martial arts that teach you how to properly use a Japanese Katana. What is the difference between these martial ...

2013 All Japan Iaido Championships - Highlights

7-dan Semi-finals: Kumeda (Tokyo, left) vs. Kosaka (Oita, right): Kosaka wins 3-0 — 5-dan Semi-finals (part): Utsumi (Tokushima, left) vs. Ohira (Oita, right): ...

Five Mistakes Students Make in Iaido

Suino-Sensei shows five common mistakes made by beginners in iaido, and explains how to correct them to make your swordsmanship stronger, more efficient, ...

Strength Training for Kendo and Iaido

Even if kendo or iaido are your main athletic activities, there are two very good reasons to add strength training to your routine -- better performance and injury ...

51st All Japan Iaido — 7th Dan Final

KUMEDA Takahiro (Tokyo) in the red court, and HARADA Wataru (Kanagawa) in the white court.