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    Well, seiza practice may have several purposes;...

    Well, seiza practice may have several purposes; to teach manners, as a stylized form for being downed, and for techniques intended for kodachi in “real life”.
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    Kamigawara Shinto Katori Ryu Enbu

    I just came across this, and I've thought a ryu containing Katori in its name is interesting enough to share here (although their rythm and momevents remind me more of Kashima Shinto Ryu):

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    Some info from "Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu - The Iai...

    Some info from "Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu - The Iai Forms and Oral Traditions of the Yamauchi Branch", by Yamakoshi Masaki & Tsukimoto Kazutake:

    "It was common rule for high ranked samurai to let...
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    I always understood this saying as having...

    I always understood this saying as having tactical value, i.e. reiho is a basic part of heiho, or in other words, there is no good self-defence without good manners. I believe many bushi understood...
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    Off topic, when I read that account I thought...

    Off topic, when I read that account I thought that, rather than the fat, it must be de collagen of the tissues what dulls the blade.

    On topic, I don´t think those men expected the possible...
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    Well, it's an educated guess :) based upon that...

    Well, it's an educated guess :) based upon that all the schools stemmed from Kodokai -Roppokai, Muden Juku, Hikarido, Shingiseieikan, Garyuzen Dojo...- invariably seem to revolve around the teaching...
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    I think a key in the issue of Kodokai-derived...

    I think a key in the issue of Kodokai-derived schools releasing this stuff is that these "inner teachings" in Kodokai are pretty much "the teachings", as it's a school strongly focused in the aiki no...
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    I find curious the man performing was announced...

    I find curious the man performing was announced as "shinan'yaku", an archaic term for a domain's head instructor...
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    The right spelling is Matsushiro, a small fief:...

    The right spelling is Matsushiro, a small fief:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsushiro_Domain
    http://www.mustlovejapan.com/subject/matsushiro_samurai_school/

    That's seemingly a line of the...
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    May be you're right, for me it's a too long shot...

    May be you're right, for me it's a too long shot to see the actual "intensity" of the participants; you have better eye than me... ;)
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    Old footage

    Just a footnote. It seems that this "agressive" expression of TSKSR waza existed in the generation prior to Otake Shihan, as this old film of Hayashi Shihan (Otake's teacher) demonstrates:
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    Not a video, but a quick search: Group's...

    Not a video, but a quick search:

    Group's website
    http://www1.winknet.ne.jp/~meirin/

    Ellis Amdur's website
    http://arakiryu.org/wp/?page_id=17

    I hope this helps, for the lineage thing at...
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    The best? Wow!

    I thought he'd chosen it simply because Tosa men were the toughest ones...:confused:

    I've really couldn't guess that there is a qualitative difference between Eishin Ryu and the others :eek:
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    Why Eishin Ryu??

    Hi, one thing that remains a mistery for me is why Nakayama Hakudo, the kendo no kamisama, already menkyo kaiden in a very well iai-equiped ryu, went to kochi for learning Eishin Ryu; So big was the...
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    I read recently in a book ( I can't remember wich...

    I read recently in a book ( I can't remember wich one) that thrusting a sword into sand to scratching the blade was to prevent the edge for chipping

    I hope this helps
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