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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
Iaido Way of the Sword: The Way of the Sword
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on 10 March 2001
Mr Finn has produced a book covering some of the bare essentials of Seitei Iai, including all 10 current kata. The book is well illustrated with pictures, making it easier to understand the basic forms. As these kata are subject to review and change, some kata are no longer practiced as he illustrates. Along with some basic errors in illustration, this book should not be used as a sole source for training - go to a good dojo, get current instruction, and then this book will prove useful for reminding you what you need to do in broad terms, until experience takes over.
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on 14 December 2010
I am a student of the martial arts but have never before tried or read anything to do with Iaido, the Japanese way of the sword. This book came to be my introduction to the art and I could not have asked for a better one.

I think the most important aspect of this book is the author's memoir of his time as a student of Kuroda Sensei in a suburb of Tokyo in the late 1960s. Written with much nostalgia, wry humour and warmth, the account takes the reader directly into the old-fashioned, no-frills dojo with its strict rules and gruelling routines and the days and ways of the close-knit group of Western budoka who studied there at the time.

I would recommend this book to anyone curious about iaido, its history and place in the pantheon of Japanese martial arts.
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on 2 January 2017
Iaido is the way of the draw - it's the art of drawing the sword, not fighting with it. Kendo (the word, not necessarily the sport) is the term for the way of the sword.
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on 13 January 2014
Great book. Very Informative. Pictures make it easier to learn the katas involved. Very well structured publication. Well worth a read.
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on 21 September 2010
A good intrduction to the art. The book was in the condition described and it arrived in good time.
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on 26 February 2015
Excellent book a must for all Aido students
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on 1 September 2014
Brilliant
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