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Martial Arts at the Gregg - !LOCATION CHANGED!

Experience the Japanese 'Way of the Sword' with Triangle Kendo & Iaido

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6 pm
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607 (enter in rear, lower level of church)

From Hillsborough Street, turn onto Cox Avenue and take immediate RIGHT into parking lot to enter at the rear, lower level of the church.

 

FREE admission but limited seating.

 

Triangle Kendo & Iaido will demonstrate Japanese swordsmanship. Audience participation is

encouraged!

 

Kendo, meaning “Way of the Sword,” is a Japanese martial art involving armor and two-handed bamboo swords. Dating back to the early 1700s, it grew out of a need to prepare warriors for combat without inflicting crippling injuries. Today kendo is taught as a major combat game under the aegis of several international federations. Although noisy and often violent, the training, practice and adherence to rules make sure kendo remains a sport.

 

Meanwhile, the term “iaido” approximately translates as “the way of mental presence and immediate reaction.” Although it also involves swords (bamboo or steel), unlike kendo, iaido is not a combat sport but a martial art generally practiced alone. Like Chinese t'ai chi, the carefully controlled and choreographed movements of iaido help to encourage spiritual harmony and develop willpower.

 

During the performance, the Gregg Museum will remain open for an extended viewing of its current exhibition, REMNANTS OF THE FLOATING WORLD: Japanese Art from the Permanent Collection. For

more information, contact zoe_starling@ncsu.edu or call 919-513-7244.

 

 

Kendo master Takasugi Shinsaku, c. 1860

 

 

Samurai (image from public domain)

 

 

 

Triangle Kendo & Iaido training competition, 2014

 

 

 

Woodblock prints from REMNANTS OF THE FLOATING WORLD:

Unidentifed kabuki scene, Utagawa Kunisada, ca. 1850 Hand-inked woodblock

print on paper. Gift of Utagawa-Ha Jimukyoku Society of Japan and the Japanese

Consulate of Atlanta, 1995.008.003

 

 

 

Woodblock prints from REMNANTS OF THE FLOATING WORLD:

Dueling scene, Utagawa Kunisada, ca. 1847-52 Hand-inked woodblock print on

paper. Gift of Utagawa-Ha Jimukyoku Society of Japan and the Japanese Consulate of

Atlanta, 1995.008.001