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    Let's nip this in the bud. "The" Yagyu...

    Let's nip this in the bud. "The" Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, in as much as such a thing exists, is doing no such thing. Some people who do Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, but with no connection to "the" Yagyu...
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    More concurrage with Mr. Drawdy. Here in Japan,...

    More concurrage with Mr. Drawdy. Here in Japan, in my dojo, doing iai with Muromachi era blades is not unusual (and anyone who can afford a shinken uses one), and even the folks I know who do...
  3. The founder of Kage-ryu was Aisu Ikousai. His...

    The founder of Kage-ryu was Aisu Ikousai. His son, Koshichiro, became a retainer of the Satake clan in what is now Akita Prefecture, and took the name "Hirasawa" from that area. "Sarutobi" is...
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    This kind of falls under the "Doc, my arm hurts...

    This kind of falls under the "Doc, my arm hurts when I do this. / Then don't do that!" area of sword learning. The point of the sword enters the mouth of the saya. Even with the web of the hand...
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    Ser Jorah in Game of Thrones

    I haven't been much impressed with the fight choreography to date in Game of Thrones; it seems like a lot of bashing swords together. Syrio Forel's last stand excepted, of course. But I did enjoy...
  6. Sticky: My mind is boggled, as well. Why on earth did...

    My mind is boggled, as well. Why on earth did they criticize you?
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    From Katori Shinto: Warrior Tradition...

    From Katori Shinto: Warrior Tradition:


    2-3-5, incidentally, was the standard size for a katana in the Muromachi period, the time period of TSKSR's origin.

    Mr. Otake's sword is not mentioned,...
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    A wakizashi is a relatively short Japanese blade...

    A wakizashi is a relatively short Japanese blade made to be thrust into one's obi - hence "wakizashi". This blade doesn't look Japanese, nor to be carried in one's obi, so I hesitate to call it a...
  9. 脇 waki - side, flank 差し sashi - from sasu,...

    脇 waki - side, flank
    差し sashi - from sasu, meaning "to thrust in", in this case referring to thrusting something into the obi. Compare 差し料 sashiryou, 差し前 sashimae, both meaning "swords held in the...
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    "Ichinomia" is certainly "Ichinomiya", which is a...

    "Ichinomia" is certainly "Ichinomiya", which is a title given to the top Shinto shrines of a particular area. It translates literally as "number one shrine". The ichinomiya of the Higo area is Aso...
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    The word you're looking for is "kamidana". And...

    The word you're looking for is "kamidana". And don't worry, you'll never be asked or required to bow in respect of any Shinto deity. You might be asked to bow to a kamidana, but merely as a...
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    You disagree that the word "tool" cheapens...

    You disagree that the word "tool" cheapens something? Or you disagree that an American carpenter would disagree?
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    I think the issue was pretty much settled with...

    I think the issue was pretty much settled with the example of the Japanese carpenter. A sword is a tool. The mistake is thinking that the word "tool" cheapens the sword. The Japanese carpenter...
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    I would say you are making some assumptions that...

    I would say you are making some assumptions that may not be warranted. For example, that iai is about learning to use a sword. That is, of course, one of its aspects in these modern times, but back...
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    There are various reasons. 1) Simulating...

    There are various reasons.

    1) Simulating having stumbled or fallen to the ground.
    2) Simulating being indoors or in an enclosed space.
    3) Training principles.

    Pursuant to 3)
    a) Drawing while...
  16. A new thread in the Nihon-to forum will probably...

    A new thread in the Nihon-to forum will probably get even more knowledgeable answers, but my understanding is the swords of the Kamakura era were the very best, a pinnacle of function and beauty. ...
  17. Well, it might be the execution. IMO, the...

    Well, it might be the execution. IMO, the shidachi in that clip is so-so, at best.


    Well, some of the kata in those clips were devised by a man named Nagaoka Fusashige, in the early 1800s, when...
  18. Hold up, has it been argued that JSA doesn't...

    Hold up, has it been argued that JSA doesn't employ roughly 90 degree stops? Just to sure what people are talking about, are any of the blocks below considered 90 degree stops? All are from one...
  19. There a few contextual factors that need to be...

    There a few contextual factors that need to be considered with Chris Hellman's example of men having their sword guards driven into their heads. One is technical -- the men doing the attacking were...
  20. From Ellis Amdur's Old School, pp 54-55, 57: So...

    From Ellis Amdur's Old School, pp 54-55, 57:
    So the "blocking" shown in the clips is not "practical" blocking per se, but rather using the bokuto as a strength training tool.


    I agree and...
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    I don't want to sidetrack this discussion, but I...

    I don't want to sidetrack this discussion, but I have a bit of different perspective on "mushin". Indeed, the above conceptual definition has become very common, and fits the criteria for a cliche. ...
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    The swordwork in Last Samurai was pretty typical...

    The swordwork in Last Samurai was pretty typical movie choreography, with little to do with how the sword was actually used in medieval Japan.

    But on that note, I've always liked "By the Sword"...
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    A youtube search of "Yagyu Shinkage-ryu" will...

    A youtube search of "Yagyu Shinkage-ryu" will yield many hits showing Sangaku and Kuka. Unfortunately, the descriptions in "Life Giving Sword" are of the Edo style, which has largely died out, while...
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    The translations, however, are not very good,...

    The translations, however, are not very good, both because it can difficult to know what a kata description is describing if you don't already know the kata, it can be difficult to translate a kata...
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    I think the sub-headline explains it pretty well...

    I think the sub-headline explains it pretty well -- "Star of Classic Family Sitcom Dies at 94; Also Memorable for Speaking Jive in 'Airplane!'"
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