Iaido: A Beginner*

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Clumsily the bird
staggers to its feet – more
comic than menacing

*Iaidō (居合道), is a Japanese martial art – one of the so-called “sword arts” – that emphasizes being aware of one’s context and quickly drawing the sword in order to successfully respond to a sudden attack. It is practised through a series of forms – or kata – that require the practitioner to commence from a seated, crouched, or standing position.

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