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The Kakita Iaijutsu Masters were the most well-known artisans in Rokugan, perfecting their skills through years of training at the Kakita Dueling Academy. To them dueling was an art, demanding patience, practice and dedication, and treated as one of the greatest artistic talents that could be achieved. The artisans would spend a long time meditating on the blade before even being allowed to draw it, a teaching passed down from Kakita himself. The saying goes; "A hundred days of hand, a thousand days of spear, and tenthousand days of sword." This told of how the sword was not merely the hardest weapon to master but that the blade required a state of mental and physical discipline which was difficult to achieve. The work of Kakita, The Sword, was a compilation of his dueling knowledge, and was used to teach at the Academy. The Kakita family followed the ultimate philosophy of the Crane; "You only live once, so make every moment worth living." These were the last recorded words of Doji Konishiko, and were elaborated by her brother Kakita Shimizu; "Perfection requires only one attempt. If you are perfect, your strike will be perfect. Achieve this discipline, master the technique of the sword, and you will never have a reason to regret." 
- ↑ Way of the Crane, p. 29
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