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Iaido Sword
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Iaido is the classical Japanese discipline of drawing and cutting with the long sword in defence of an unanticipated attack, throwing off the blood and returning the sword to its sheath. It is the direct inheritor of techniques perfected by centuries of samurais whose lives and honour depended on their spirit and prowess. Babin brings together all the information needed to pursue a formal study of this art, including how to choose a sword, cut with it, take care of it and assume the clothing. He covers not only the basic moves and positions, but the entire curriculum of forms of the muso shinden ryu of iaido. Equally important, the author puts the art in its historic and social perspective, helping clarify for the reader the spiritual pathway the way of the sword offers. If you want to learn iaido, this is your textbook. About the Author Richard W. Babin, BS, M.D., is a practicing surgeon who served two years active duty in the USAF as chief of head and neck surgery at Maxwell Field during the Vietnam conflict. His interest in the martial arts began with several years of judo in the 1960s in San Francisco. Upon entering private practice he began studying yang-style taiji, which he still pursues. He has practiced muso shinden ryu iaido for eight years and has been awarded the rank of Sandan by the All-U.S. Kendo Federation.
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Acknowledgements Forward Section One: History History of Japan Historical Outline History of Iaido History of Muso Shinden Ryu Section Two: Preparation Etiquette Clothing Rank Sword Parts of the Blade Sword Furniture Parts of the Saya Choosing your Sword Handling your Sword Wearing your Sword Examining and Cleaning your Sword Care of your Sword Minor Repairs Section Three: Bringing Life to Your Sword Grasping your Sword te no uchi Cutting Kiri Starting Positions Kamae Posture, Balance and Movement Timing, Rhythm and Vision Breathing Kokyu Zen and the Art of Iai Section Four: Basic Iaido Movements Safety Warm Up Drawing cut Nukitsuke Raising the sword Furikaburi Finishing cut Kirioroshi Reversing the Attack Kaeshi Changing direction on the floor Blocking and Striking Ukkenagashi Choking up on the blade Horizontal cuts Yokogumo Thrust Tsuki Strike Ate Blood toss 1 Yoko Chiburi Blood toss 2 Omori Chiburi Sheathing Noto Blood toss 3 Reverse Chiburi and Noto Blood toss 4 Vertical Chiburi and Noto Section Five: Muso Shinden Iaido Kata K (Numbers preceding kata forms are referenced in Appendix C.) Introduction to Kata Forms Bowing In and Out Seitei Waza 1. Ippon Me Mae 2. Nihon Me Ushiro 3. Sanbon Me Ukennegashi 4. Yonhon Me Tsuka ate 5. Gohon Me Kasagiri 6. Roppon Me Morotezuki 7. Nanahon Me Sanpogiri 8. Hachihon Me Gamman ate 9. Kyuhon Me Soetezuki 10. Jippon Me Shihogiri 11. Juippon Me Sougiri 12. Junihon Me Nukiuchi Omori Ryu Waza 13. Ippon Me Shohato 14. Nihon Me Sato 15. Sanbon Me Uto 16. Yonhon Me Atarito 17. Gohon Me Inyoshintai 18. Roppon Me Ryuto 19. Nanahon Me Junto 20. Hachihon Me Gyakuto 21. Kyuhon Me Seityuto 22. Jippon Me Koranto 23. Juippon Me Inyoshintai kaewaza 24. Junihon Me Nukiuchi Eishin Ryu Waza 25. Ippon Me Yokogumo 26. Nihon Me Toraisoku 27. Sanbon Me Inazuma 28. Yonhon Me Ukigumo 29. Gohon Me Yamashita Oroshi 30. Roppon Me Iwanami 31. Nanahon Me Uroko Gaeshi 32. Hachihon Me Nami Gaeshi 33. Kyuhon Me Taikotoshi 34. Jippon Me Nukiuchi Okuden Suwari Waza 35. Ippon Me Kasumi 36. Nihon Me Sunegako 37. Sanbon Me Shihogiri 38. Yonhon Me Tozumi 39. Gohon Me Towaki 40. Roppon Me Tanashita 41. Nanahon Me Ryuzune 42. Hachihon Me Torabashiri Okuden Tachi Waza 43. Ippon Me Yukizuri 44. Nihon Me Tsukidachi 45. Sanbon Me Somakuri 46. Yonhon Me Sodome 47. Gohon Me Shinobu 48. Roppon Me Yukichigai 49. Nanahon Me Sode Sunigaeshi 50. Hachihon Me Mon iri 51. Kyuhon Me Kubezoe 52. Jippon Me Ukennegashi 53. Juippon Me Itomagoi Tactics Appendix A: All Japan Kendo Federation Judging Guide Appendix B: Training Strategies K 221 Appendix C: Peculiarities of Individual Kata Appendix D: Swords, Parts, and Repair Resources Glossary References Japanese Sources

About the Author

Richard W. Babin, BS, M.D., is a practicing surgeon who served two years active duty in the USAF as chief of head and neck surgery at Maxwell Field during the Vietnam conflict. His interest in the martial arts began with several years of judo in the 1960s in San Francisco. Upon entering private practice he began studying yang-style taiji, which he still pursues. He has practiced muso shinden ryu iaido for eight years and has been awarded the rank of Sandan by the All-U.S. Kendo Federation.

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