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date: 17 October 2019

Martial Arts, Traditional Japanese 

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport

Three traditional Japanese weapon arts—kyudo (archery), naginatado (halberd wielding), and iaido (swordsmanship)—began as battlefield and personal fighting techniques. While they all exist to a certain extent as sports, non-sport practices may still be found. Non-Japanese students are also now able to study in many places throughout the world. Men and women practice modern versions of these art forms, both in competition and to achieve a sense of meditative mindfulness. ...

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