Witness the Beauty of Japanese Swordplay

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Shozo Kato, a master kendo sensei, discusses Japanese concepts of beauty (such as wabi-sabi or わびさび) and the "immovable mind" (fudoushin or 不動心) as well as demonstrates kendo and laido. The result is both poetic and fascinating.

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This video was directed by Brady Welch and Colin Sonner.

Shozo Kato - Way of the Sword [The Avant/Garde Diaries@Vimeo]

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DISCUSSION

So, from what I've seen of Kendo, they don't really lock the opponent's sword when striking. They're so exposed.
I mean, even if you impale a guy's heart he'll still be able to swing at you for a few more seconds.