There is no shame to those who tried and failed, but to those who failed to try. What have you done lately that is new and really excited you? Go ahead, step out of your comfort zone and see what is behind that wall.
This is the first strike as the sword is drawn from the saya (鞘). This is the very essence of Iaido. This should be the one and only determinant blow to your opponent, one that is enough to incapacitate him definitively. With practice, a master swordsman can respond to an oncoming attack with speed and accuracy and defeat the attacker. In order to perfect this, one must understand the crucial points of the movement. It is said to have three parts. First being a slow and gradu
At the end of a technique, the sword is re-sheathed (納刀). Most have been taught that Zanshin is maintained throughout. This is as part of a readiness of sudden changes of the situation and the sword be drawn again quickly. Although the idea is simple, many people don't fully understand this process.
If you look carefully, most practitioners will have a more relaxed expression as the sword slides further into the Saya (鞘) and Zanshin diminishes. This reflects on one's state
An honourable person should have integrity. This integrity is an absolute and should not differ depending on circumstances, be it a change of culture, status or environment. Allowing one's integrity to be compromised in one instance, opens up the possibility for it to happen again. Until a point when one no longer has any integrity left, making him/her dishonourable. A person's honour is reflected by his/her manner, not only in his/her speech, but in every movement and action