Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Sharper Than You Think

Broadstairs Iaido and Karate instructor, Richard Obbard has waited a lifetime to fulfil his dream of owning a custom-made sword, made for him by a traditional swordsmith in Japan.

In Japan the sword has been revered for centuries as one of the most important objects of fine craftsmanship and high art. The Japanese swordsmiths (katana kaji) of 800 years ago forged masterpieces in steel using only simple tools and a small charcoal forge – and their incredible skills in working iron and steel – to create features and structures and forms within the steel that cannot be matched today.

Richard shares the philosophy and ancient martial art of Iaido, “the way of the sword”, in a class he holds in Broadstairs every Monday evening.

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