Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Huge List of Iaido Links!

Over the years I've come up with quite a list of favorite martial arts related sites to visit and articles to read.
Here are a few of the places I regularly wander into:

Kendo World forum - a lively forum of serious kendo and iaido practitioners where people of any level can ask questions and discuss the Japanese Sword Arts. http://www.kendo-world.com/forum/

Sword Forum International - another active forum where sword lovers and martial artists can discuss related topics. Open for European as well as Asian swords and arts. Lots of good things here, and often a crossover from the KW forum as well. http://www.swordforum.com

Kenshi247.net - An excellent and well written blog by a kendo and iaido practitioner that often discusses the history and traditions of JSA. Lots of translations of Japanese texts and articles by famous kenshi. Very excellent reading! http://kenshi247.net

Some of my favorite readings from this blog are:
http://kenshi247.net/blog/2011/03/25/i-am-a-deshi/
http://kenshi247.net/blog/2009/01/12/the-student-teacher-relationship-seitei-and-traditional-iai/
Excellent article on tameshigiri: http://kenshi247.net/blog/2011/01/28/thoughts-on-tameshigiri-from-famous-swordsmen/

Peter West's Iaido Blog - http://web.me.com/p.west/Peter_wests_Iaido_pages/Blog/Blog.html

Kim Taylor's iaido listserv and articles - http://ejmas.com/ Be sure to check some of the links on his page, his Unka blog and others listed there are excellent as well.

Koryu website - lots of books and other related articles - http://koryu.com/

YouTube links

Dragon Twister http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhrAB8WMsx0

Kendo Kata http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fx5Ts9i-MM

Jodo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biSJdRuR6i0&feature=related

Aggasiz Dojo - Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/MusoshindenryuDojo
This includes our Standing and Sitting Reiho videos with instructions.

June 2011 Rank Test videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_eCb_Ox6r0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ-H-YsJ8_w

Kelly's CSI Samurai spoof http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJNy5m0UOe0

Cuts of the Sugarplum Fairy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cXhzN_IuIo

Nakayama Hakudo video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ImhjM8l9g

Kuroda Sensei doing an iaido demo - Very fast nukitsuke!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t93ThAl7M00

Japanese swordsmanship, Iaido. This is interesting - the Japanese sensei there is the head of the ZNKR and was at Summer Camp and Guelph several times.
part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8f-CHGlTao
part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dshbBFBwky4
part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8JPtimtXLk
part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ajS4pjWEuo
part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEdV0tA8Aa0

This set is Japanese archery, Kyudo.
part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLFVF...2B8683&index=0
part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEP1r...2B8683&index=1
part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Vcw...2B8683&index=2
part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-wKS...2B8683&index=3
part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sert...2B8683&index=4

And these are the sport swordsmanship style (kendo) that I studied first while I was in Japan. I stopped this after I moved to Shizuoka because I had a hernia in my back.
part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho4T-_8Vlg0
part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej_i-0Agcls
part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhT0q0T51Bo
part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4XImqkORhU
part 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCPOTUkLtiE

Bokuto kihon waza http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVzHMNJ6NKg

Very interesting videos for kumitachi Musoshindenryu. Well worth a look!
http://www.jikidenshinkai.de/chuden_kata/kumitachi.html

This is just the first batch. I'll be adding to this as I find things or other people recommend sites to me. Please let me know of any missing or broken links.

Thanks!

Brad

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