• (Contributor: Al Bowers - Intro: The Art of drawing the sword for combat. Origin: Japan History: This art is very old, and has strong philosophical and historical ties to Kenjutsu. It was practiced by Japanese warriors for centuries. Description: The object is to draw the sword perfectly, striking as it is drawn, so that the opponent has no chance to defend against the strike. Training: Usually practiced in solo form (kata), but also has partner forms (kumetachi). Sub-Styles: Muso Shinden Ryu, Muso Jikishin Ryu, and others.

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