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Iai is a dieing form of sword martial art in Japan, only a very few still practice.

This was my host father's training session with the two in this image and only 1 other there. He is the one with his sword drawn.

It's a very meticulous martial art with few fast movements. Possibly due to this it's popularity has been on the decline.
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Gubble Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Is Iai similar to kendo? Because I always thought kendo was a (modern?) form of the ancient samurai sword art. But I may be terribly mistaken. : )'
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
Not at all. Iai is more like yoga, where as kendo is more like whacking each other the head with a stick.
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Fairyempire Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Wonderful photo!

Training to become stronger.

Sorry anime reference :P

oh! And I liked how you make the photo horizontal and long. It kinds represent the sword, and fits more with the photo.

And what's with the black creeping into the photo by the top, is that an edit?
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yeah it's a grungey edit I added, well it was already there as a shadow, I just made it darker.
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Your host father seems cool as shit! Great that you got to tag along and shoot this lesson.

I remember walking down the street in Kyoto... peering into an open gate, and seeing a Kendo Dojo in session. The whole scene felt like it was ripped from an Edo jidai.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
He was pretty cool.

I also visited and joined in on a bojitsu lesson at a local high school. was fun.
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jatomlinson Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I like it, but I feel like I want to see it cropped a little more to put more focus on him rather than on the surroundings. I would love to see him more to the left of the image and perhaps zoomed in more to make him larger. As it is now, his sword also goes almost right across the center of the picture, and I think if it were cropped a tiny bit more from the top (though not cutting off the clock) it would be higher up in the image and a slightly better composition. I like the gritty feel of the image. Well done!
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
I like this image a lot! The composition, the simplicity of the colours and the place itself and just the big free space somehow, it gives a little "alone" feeling somehow despite of the two figures on the picture. Maybe they even add to it, how they are so far from eachother...
I didn't know iaido is getting less popular. But true that where I live kendo is more well-known than iaido, too.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like Tai Chi with a sword? all control and slow mo?
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
yeah pretty much :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds interesting to watch
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Was this AM or pm? :P
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
P to the M
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MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Oh? I would have guesses morning :D
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TheMoonSamurai Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I would certainly like to learn some sort of sword style when I'm in Japan to be honest with you.
spend a few years there learning all sorts of different techniques.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Kendo is fun :) but probably less useful. iaido focuses on using a sword in real world situations through kata.

I hate kata though, so kendo is more fun :)
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TheMoonSamurai Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
well I'd like to learn it all if I could.
but usefulness seems to be better for me...
but it all starts through the basics of course and I suppose that's where Kendo starts. .-)
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OutlawNinja Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Is a shame to see these Japanese martial arts dying out.
Younger generation is only interested in flashy movie type styles these days.
Up to a very few to keep the traditions alive.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
doing the katas over and over again gets very boring.
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Samurai-Indy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Photographer
I used to do this but I got too busy and stopped but I've been wanting to take it back up again
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