The latest installment of the 2009 MATCHA series features demonstrations by master swordsman Seigen Esaka Sensei and his students. Hailing from the sword techniques of Japanese samurai, Iaido (ee-ay-doe) is a martial art from battle and warfare preserved for 450 years. The iaidoka (practitioner) wields a sword not to control the opponent but himself. His mind is peaceful, harmonious, and active, ready to react. MATCHA is honored to present a rare appearance of Esaka Sensei, one of Japan's finest iaidoka with a prestigious background of impressive achievements. He will give a talk on this martial art. Drop in on a movement workshop, watch a riveting demo, or cool down with an art activity, docent chat on Lords of the Samurai, or by the DJ booth.