Is Japanese communication predominately visual?

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  1. JohnEdward

    JohnEdward 2nd Black Belt

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    I want to apologize for getting off track. To correct that error, I do feel the Japanese have their own type of visual communication both universal, i.e. modern marketing, and that is unique (I say that loosely) to them influenced greatly by the samurai period. I am wondering if there are studies or books on this subject because it would be very helpful and useful to many of us in Japanese martial art.
     
  2. grand dee

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    Well i is strange that the art has a left handed form and if there wasnt a need then why create a defense for left hand attack
     
  3. grand dee

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    Well can anyone tell me why there are forms using both hands if there is only right hand sword fighting, learning both hands can better your fighting as well as your swordmanship
     
  4. Ken Morgan

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    Dude, this thread is 5 years old.
    In all the iai kata that I know, or have seen, I have never seen the sword drawn or cut, using the left hand. If someone knows of one, wonderful.
     
  5. ShawnP

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    Ken Morgan, no disrespect but it says that grand dee joined yesterday so i ask if the moderators didnt want people to reply to this "5 year old" thread then why is it still on here? personally im glad grand dee replied to this "5 year old" thread otherwise i would not have been reading it and learned anything from it.

    and thanks to Chris Parker for that info.
     
  6. pgsmith

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    Your second post there made a little more sense than the first one, but it only has your opinions without any facts. Facts can be examined, but opinions can only be argued.
    Please give us some facts to examine such as ... Just what art are you talking about that has "forms using both hands" and "a left handed form" and "a defense for left hand attack".
     
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  8. ShawnP

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    That's pretty cool but is just their trick for that situation, hardly what I'd call "left handed swordsmanship". Most koryu have a trick that is taught for when your sword is on the floor at your side like that. Mugai ryu uses a reverse hand draw for that rather than a left hand draw. Suio ryu has a lot of interesting stuff in it from what I've seen.

    It still doesn't change the fact that the questions posted in response to the old thread made no sense and require clarification.
     
  10. Jameswhelan

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    Most welcome. Niina Toyoaki, a Mugai ryu master, created a style of left-handed kodachi batto called Gyokushin Shinto ryu. Very nice man and interesting concepts.
     
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    But you forgot to mention that Niina Gosoke originally created this style specifically so a young lady who was missing her right hand could practice a sword art, since there are no traditional left handed Japanese sword arts. :)
     
  12. Ken Morgan

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    I've made up my own kata, anyone who practices iaido can make up kata, it's not difficult to do.
    Sorry, what's was the original question here?
     

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