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Excellent! I loved it!
on 13 November 2002
This book, you must understand, was written with Iaido practitioners in mind and is inadequate for anyone wanting to learn killing techniques. To understand this book, the reader should have some understanding of Iaido's history. At the height of Samurai power and the golden age of martial arts, anything to do with the sword came under Ken-jutsu. But it was in the 16th/17th century that a Samurai named Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu who started a school called Muso Jikiden-ryu and began teaching an art called Batto-jutsu. In time, this art came to be known as Iai-jutsu, although there was no major difference in the techniques. Some schools continue, to this day, to call it Batto-jutsu or Iai-jutsu but, the Tokugawa Shogun came into power in 1603, they imposed a long reign of peace lasting 265 years. Because of this long peace, the Samurai had to calm down a bit, stop looking for techniques that would kill. Such techniques were useless in a society where peace was so absolute. So, they started lookin for a deeper meaning to their martial arts, giving Iai-jutsu, the name of Iaido. The word "do" means "Way" as in a spiritual way and so the art lost its lethal intent and turned far more into an art form instead of combat techniques.
Iaido is more for spiritual people. Personally, I thought the diagrams are great! But still there are always the tiny little nagging details in Iaido that only a Sensei can instruct so if you're serious about studying Iaido, find a master; if you just want to practice it as a pass-time use a book! It costs less.