Hand Is My Sword: A Karate Handbook


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The seminar ended on Saturday the 29th after the morning session.


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A graduate in English literature from Oxford University, he studied yoga in India and lived in Japan 11 years practicing Kashima Shinto Ryu swordsmanship, iaido, kendo, Shindo Muso Ryu staff arts, and Mikkyo, an esoteric form of Buddhism. But Evans Sensei does understand them, and this explains his deep knowledge of the martial arts, the Japanese martial arts in particular.

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Our goal was to arrive at the integration of spirit and body necessary for success in the martial arts. This tanren was taught to increase access to the tanden. This is a natural center in the lower abdomen, access to and awareness of which is required to develop the energy ki essential to the practice of the martial arts. Yes, tanren and tanden are confusingly similar, but different, words! Exercise, stretching, and breathing were all used to gain a connection to the tanden. Though I think most martial artists have some awareness of the concept of ki and that the lower abdomen is involved with ki, probably few of them have been exposed in such detail to how ki is related to exercise, stretching, and breathing.

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That insight is, I think, essential to the practice, the advanced practice at least, of any Japanese martial art. I am by no means advanced myself, but I do claim some very vague, but still useful, insight into the tanden.

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That insight has come from my always-insightful Wado Ryu karate-do teacher, Joseph Rippy Sensei, from exposure to other martial artists, especially at some SMAA seminars, and from Evans Sensei during his seminar. Each day the afternoon session was devoted strictly to battodo.

We engaged in four different kinds of sword-specific training. Misogi-tanren consisted of suburi sword swinging with a heavy practice pole tanrenbo emphasizing the integration of breathing and meditation techniques misogi that awaken the tanden. Kihon and kata involved stances, cutting techniques, and sheathings in flowing combinations kihon that were then used in set forms kata.

The partners studied proper timing and distancing maai as well as specific partner forms kumitachi kata.

This might be called partial sparring because the partners simply performed specific movements, i. Evans Sensei and his senior students demonstrated full sparring using kendo armor and leather-covered bamboo swords. Seminar students did not participate in the full sparring though we did practice striking fully kendo-armored Evans Sensei and his senior students with shinai.

Dare I say that was fun? On Saturday morning, we did tameshigiri test cutting of straw targets.

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The tameshigiri evoked several thoughts in me. First, I thought tameshigiri was fun! It was really cool to swing a sword and cut things with it! Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

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