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Analysis / Diagonal Cut

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In real life, it is possible to cut through a human body with a strong sword stroke, albeit without the dramatic delay before the target falls apart or the amazingly clean cuts that are seen in the movies (at least on most targets). It's also rare for targets to be cut straight through—armor and bones are harder to cleave through than flesh.

In iaido, the diagonal cut (kesa giri) is one of the basic strokes, where the intention is to cut from the shoulder to the opposite hip, and at more advanced levels, practitioners actually practice doing this to rolled up tatami mats and other inanimate objects.



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