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The psychology of the sword
UEL Lecturer, Dr Anna Stone, has been chosen to represent the UK in the European Iaido Championships.
Competing at one of the highest levels in European Iaido, Dr Stone has been chosen to represent the UK at the 20th European Championships taking place in France this autumn.
Dr Stone, a senior lecturer at UEL’s School of Psychology based at Stratford, has been practicing Iaido for 28 years and will compete in the Rokudan (6th dan) category. The 52-year-old came second in the Rokudan section in the national championships in July.
Iaido is the Japanese martial art of drawing and cutting with the sword. However, focus is not the physical act but on being prepared and being able to act decisively in situations. The martial artist will develop the ability to avoid difficult situations by being in an aware state of mind and in control.
Dr Stone said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be selected to represent the UK in this event and I’m training hard for the competition. The higher your current grade, the longer you have to wait for the next grading opportunity, so competition is important to maintain focus and motivation.”
A lecturer with UEL for the past eight years, Dr Stone teaches on both the undergraduate and masters degree programmes. Her recent research has looked at the employment discrimination against people with facial disfigurements, and she is the module leader of the popular module Science, Pseudoscience, and the Psychology of Paranormal Belief.
For more information on courses available at UEL’s School of Psychology visit www.uel.ac.uk/psychology/ or phone 0208 223 3333. For more information on Iaido please visit www.kendo.org.uk/iaido