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LOOK BEFORE YOU HOLSTER - II

SO!  DO YOU SEE ANY PARALLELS TO THE PISTOL??

Following on the discussion of "look before you holster", here is an interesting video of real swordsmanship.

There are striking parallels between Iaijutsu (the skill set of drawing and cutting reactively with the sword)...and gunfighting. The blade has different characteristics than the pistol. The firearm is dangerous because it can project force at a distance via the muzzle...but along with controlling the muzzle, one controls the trigger area. In fact, if one controls the trigger area...the control of the muzzle is really superfluous.

The sword is dangerous at the point and the edge.

Now...watch how the old master sheathes the sword. He controls the ridge...or the unsharpened edge. Once he has the point in the sheath, he sheathes...s-l-o-w-l-y. So we can say that the spirit of sheathing the sword is the same as the spirit of holstering the pistol, but because the dynamics of the weapons are different, the execution is different.  That "spirit" is executed differently.

With the sword, control of the ridge equals control of the edge. 

With the pistol, control of the muzzle calls for looking for a moment, the controlling the insertion.

No speed holstering nor speed sheathing.

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