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I appologize for a bit of a blurry photo, but the pure energy in this photo has to be presented to the world.
The picture is of a good friend of mine, Kenneth Fredheim, demonstrating a sitting iai-kata.
Picture was taken at a demonstration of Kobudo technics of Katori Shinty Ryu style.
A mere millisecond before this capture he was sitting in a seated defence position with the Iai-to (Unsharpened training katana) in a horizontal position just above and in front of his head.
It was intended for me to get a picture of that position, but just as I clicked off the camera he switched to the next position.
At this presice moment he has just switched his seated position from one leg to the other while he at the same time has rotated the iai-to 90 degrees clockwise to achieve the position he is in here.
The reason for this position of the iai-to is because immediately after having attained a good seated position, he will slide forwards with the iai-to twisted 180 degrees above his head and deliver a a "killing stab" to the imagined victim.

Performing Iai katas are considered to be almost 100% safe as most practitioners use an unsharpened training sword called an Iaito. As the practioners gain ranks and attain the different degrees of "black belts" they are allowed to make use of sharp Katanas.
It is known that people have been hurt while performing these katas, but as far as I know none have been seriously injured.
I offer my respect to all who honor and respect the power of a Japanese Katana.

For more info on Katori Shinto Ryu, please check my other kobudo photo or search online.

Odd Jarle

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