"Life is in itself a journey." This cliché has been thrown around many times, but it is not wrong. We spend so much time looking to the future or try to improve ourselves, sometimes, we may find it tiring. Occasionally, you may even ask yourself "why!?"
I find myself asking that question more frequently than I care to admit. Although I have no answer to it, but looking back at where I had started, I have done more than I had thought possible in the beginning.
I don't think
Ashi, Koshi, Katana. This is the basis of Iaido movements. First is from the feet (ashi), then waist (koshi) finally the sword (katana). The feet meaning foot works, begin with planting your foot(feet) firmly and stably on the surface. This also means to stabilise your lower body. As the waist is considered where your upper half of body is connected to the lower half, with a stabilised lower half, the force of movement should then transmit from the ground up the stable lower
A simple thought for today: "With all things equal, the one willing to take the risk that no one else dares will win every time." This applies when dealing with yourself too. If you are willing to take the risk that you normally dare not, you may find yourself at a new and exciting situation that you didn't think possible before. To do something different everyday is the first step to improve yourself, also to say "defeat one's self (己に勝つ)".
As practitioners of Iaido, we would eventually arrive at a point where the practice sword (made of Aluminium alloy) grows less and less appealing, some may opt to move to a "Shinken (真剣)" real sword.
"When should I move to a real sword," one might ask. There isn't a real answer, given you have had enough practice and that you will not injure yourself each time you draw or re-sheath your sword!
This is one reason that many beginners are instructed to repeat these two specifi
Ever wonder how the sword is held together with the handle (柄)?
Well, if you have taken a sword apart before you will know you must first remove a small bamboo peg. That is called a "mekugi".
Most Japanese swords only use one to hold the blade in the handle to prevent it from flying off during use, some do use two.
With time and repeated removal and insertion, they do get loosened, and may even break. This is why there must be a few spare ones in case replacement is necess