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#425819 - 03/12/10 11:27 PM Re: Is Iaido just sword drawing? [Re: pgsmith]
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Different strokes. :-)

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#425872 - 03/17/10 11:01 AM Re: Is Iaido just sword drawing? [Re: TaekwonDoFan]
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Originally Posted By: TaekwonDoFan
After the sword is drawn, the martial artist will still need to fight,


Not if you do it right.

Originally Posted By: TaekwonDoFan
and, from what I've been told here, Iaido doesn't do that.


Then someone told you wrong. While Iai styles emphasize turning the act of drawing into an attack, it is certainly not all there is to the curriculum. Insisting that that is not true, when you've been told otherwsie by people who know, only touts your own ignorance.

I seem to be getting grumpy in my old age.
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#425873 - 03/17/10 11:03 AM Re: Is Iaido just sword drawing? [Re: iaibear]
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Originally Posted By: iaibear
Although it was incredibly rude of me, I refused to touch the bleeping
thing. I was at an Iaido seminar, after all, not Kendo.


Agreed. Very rude. If one of my students did that, I'd have tossed them out on their keester until they could learn to show a little more respect for our visitor. But you're right. To each their own.

Out of curiosity, how did the visiting instructor react?
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#425911 - 03/18/10 10:47 AM Re: Is Iaido just sword drawing? [Re: Charles Mahan]
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Diplomatically speaking, Kendo is not my art of choice, no more than Bungy Jumping or Free Climbing. All require skill and a willingness to risk life and limb. I really want nothing to do with any of them.

With regard to handling that shinai, I had done everything I could to avoid "volunteering" and did manage to be the last in line. That way he could ignore my rudeness more easily.

Later in the same seminar the visiting sensei had a group of us working our way through the Omori Ryu. We were doing Gyakuto. After the main thrust you step back with your blade high and follow "him" down. When "he" is on the ground and you are on one knee, you turn the edge up and support the spine of the blade with the fingertips of your left hand. You thrust your right elbow back, as tho striking someone behind you. This gives a small upward motion to the tip.

Sensei's gopher ran off to tattle on some shameful thing I had done. Sensei came over and asked me to repeat the kata. Then he asked, "What did you just do?"

Without changing my gaze at the tip, I told sensei, "I just cut 'his' throat," to which he responded, "Yes. That is what it looked like."

Then sensei walked off with a friend laughing about my maverick teacher.

So who is being rude?

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