It is a certain fact that in modern time, the sword arts are fundamental different perceived from what it was in Medieval Japan.
now we can talk clearly about Iaido or Kendo, the Do aspect being certainly a defining.
on the other hand, the idea itself of practicing is totally different due philosophical approach of the Do.
the practice of kata is different today, especially that some sources in the literature support the idea that a few hundred years ago, kata was the only one safe way of training, this situation continuing until around the 19th Century when bogu was invented.
what has remained unchanged until now is the fact that in kata are included the perfect forms of art – an idealization of the fight – perfect movements, postures, strikes, parry and dodge.
a second aspect remained unchanged for centuries is the fact that in keiko both partners try to confuse each other so that the opponent fail to execute his technique in a favorable way and thus he would not hold an advantageous position in confrontation.
however, because now there is not a real stake in keiko, besides obtaining different sporty performance, means that the Iaido practitioner may repeat the same technique or sequence continuously for years, without feeling pressured by battlefield survival.
this way, I believe that today by studying kata in its idealized form lead to a spiritual development of the kenshi.
infinite repetition of the same kata, beyond the fact that clear up some specific technical issues, may exhibit determination, perseverance, self-control, maturity and power of reflection.
with each completed repetition and with the exercise of introspection, kata itself it is an exercise by understanding the interiority of the form in its deepest aspects.
being a martial art that can be practiced throughout a lifetime, likely there will always be a question about the last kata and if it will be eventually perfectly executed.
the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.
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