Drawing the Samurai Sword

The Japanese Art of Swordsmanship; Master the Ancient Art of Iaido

Author: Darrell Max Craig

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9780804850087

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 7085

To the Japanese, the sword is a spiritual weapon. It possesses a particular divinity, reflecting the soul of its maker, owner, and user. Around its mystical powers has grown the centuries-old ritual and practice of Samurai swordsmanship which is still avidly practiced today as is a fascinating and intricate martial art. This unique guide unlocks all the mysteries of the ancient tradition of Iaijutsu—explaining the history and significance of the sword in Samurai culture and documenting the techniques of swordsmanship as found in no other martial arts book. Darrell Max Craig is one of the foremost teachers of Kendo in the West. He spent many years in Japan competing and training at the very highest level. His book, Drawing the Samurai Sword, provides a thorough examination of all aspects of Iaijutsu—including information on sword care and selection, necessary gear, sword and dojo etiquette, and useful drills for practice and demonstration. This book also teaches readers about: How to evaluate your Samurai sword and handle it safely How to wear the traditional Hakama uniform How to perform the Kata forms to hone your technique The brutal history of sword testing, and today's more humane equivalent The classic and exciting story of "The Forty-Seven Ronin" And much more! Featuring a new preface by the author, original color photos and added information about sword testing, this generously-illustrated book is a treasure trove of information for aspiring students and experienced practitioners alike.

Mastering the Samurai Sword

A Full-Color, Step-by-Step Guide [Downloadable Material Included]

Author: Cary Nemeroff

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462916252

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 8026

Memorialized in countless books and movies, the history of Japan's fearsome samurai warriors is known all over the world. Who can forget these Japanese masters' skills with the sword? Today, samurai warriors no longer exist, but their legacy of swordsmanship endures. Now, the way of the samurai sword is learned in the martial arts Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu. This book is the perfect introduction to using this beautiful and ancient weapon. In Mastering the Samurai Sword, you'll learn the sword's fascinating history, its evolution, and the philosophy behind its use. You'll also learn practical guidance for mastering the sword itself. Full-color, step-by-step photographs detail many of the most useful and famous samurai moves, including: drawing the samurai sword guard positions, cutting blows, and blocking falling and rolling techniques, and evasive strategies standing forms and kneeling forms All of the martial arts techniques discussed in the book are performed for readers in the downloadable material to help you perfect your form. Beginners will learn everything from proper attire and behavior in the dojo to how they might practice at home, while more experienced samurai swords people will find a new appreciation for the deeper meaning and tradition behind the graceful way of the sword.

IAI The Art of Drawing the Sword

Author: Darrell Max Craig

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9780804870238

Category: History

Page: 258

View: 2425

This unique guide unlocks the mysteries of this ancient ritual practice and explains the significance of swords in the samurai culture

Mugai Ryu

The Classical Samurai Art of Drawing the Sword

Author: Darrell Max Craig

Publisher: Ymaa Publications

ISBN: 9781886969186

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 314

View: 1457

A fascinating account of Feudal Japan, the development of the Samurai's art of swordsmanship, and their codes of honor.

Samurai Sword: Spirit * Strategy * Techniques

(Downloadable Media Included)

Author: Kohshyu Yoshida

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462909906

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 176

View: 1448

The Samurai Sword is the essential illustrated guide to the Japanese way of the sword. Japan's famous samurai warriors were more than just soldiers — they were adherents to a strict code of honor who respected the deeper, spiritual meaning of the way of the sword. To the samurai, battle was sacred. This indispensable guide to theory and practice respects both the physical and spiritual aspects of martial arts practice with the katana. This sword book features: Beautiful, step-by-step photos and easy-to-understand text Guidance for selecting, maintaining, and using your sword Wisdom about the practical value of meditation Inspirational biographies of some of the greatest samurai swordsmen, men whose words and deeds embodied the true spirit of the samurai warrior Downloadable video Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swordsperson, this book will broaden your practical knowledge with detailed instruction on stances, cuts, guards, forms, and sparring techniques and strategy.

Japanese Swords: The Katana and Gunto in Medieval and Modern Japanese Warfare

Knives, Swords, and Bayonets: A World History of Edged Weapon Warfare, #4

Author: Martina Sprague

Publisher: Martina Sprague

ISBN: 1386259349

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 8776

The sword, a treasured combat arm and symbol of identity, status, and courage has held a special place in most countries of the world. The samurai, however, may have received unparalleled attention in the history of the sword. This brief introduction to medieval Japan demonstrates how the politically strong samurai shaped the view one held of battle. Following the abolishment of the samurai class, the Meiji Restoration, and the opening of Japan to the West in the nineteenth century, Japan was anxious to move ahead with modern military equipment and the building of a national army. Few traditional swords were made and the Japanese adopted western style cavalry sabers. In the twentieth century the sword continued to be carried into battle as a supplementary weapon; not necessarily practical for the battlefield but, nevertheless, serving an important function as a “crutch for the heart.” The gunto, or new-army sword, which was modeled after the samurai katana but modernized to conform to western standards, was carried by army and navy officers and cavalry troops until Japan’s fall at the end of World War II. This book focuses on the era that one normally associates with the medieval period. It starts by exploring the history of Japanese sword making, the development of metallurgic science, and the skill required of the swordsmith to forge a strong and battle-worthy blade that adhered to the standards followed by the samurai warrior class. It then covers samurai mentality and philosophy of sword fighting, with respect to the battlefield use of the katana and the dynamics of Japanese swordsmanship. It summarizes with a history of the gunto new-army sword and the practical and philosophical value this sword had to the twentieth-century soldier. The concluding remarks focus on the sword as a symbol of Japanese culture.

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

Author: Pamela S. Turner

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

ISBN: 1607348489

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 256

View: 6712

Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life saga. This epic warrior tale reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history. When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family—and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his surviving half-brother banished. Yoshitsune was sent away to live in a monastery. Skinny, small, and unskilled in the warrior arts, he nevertheless escaped and learned the ways of the samurai. When the time came for the Minamoto clan to rise up against their enemies, Yoshitsune answered the call. His daring feats and impossible bravery earned him immortality. From the Hardcover edition.

Swords of the Samurai

Japanese Arms and Armor from Northwest Collections : [exhibition] Museum of Art, Washington State University, February 6 Through March 3, 1981

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Arms and armor

Page: 59

View: 8684

Martial Arts and Philosophy

Beating and Nothingness

Author: Graham Priest,Damon A. Young

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812697235

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 4768

Socrates, an Athenian soldier, was a calmly efficient killing machine. His student Plato was an accomplished and broad-shouldered wrestler. Martial arts and philosophy have always gone hand in hand, as well as fist in throat. Philosophical argument is closely parallel with hand-to-hand combat. And all of today’s Asian martial arts—like Karate, Kung-Fu, Judo, or Aikido—were developed to embody and apply philosophical ideas. The Japanese martial tradition of Budo, for instance, was influenced by the three philosophical traditions of Shinto, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism, and these philosophies are still taught in Japanese martial arts schools all across the world. As Damon Young explains in his chapter, the Japanese martial arts customs of courtesy are derived from Shinto purity, Confucian virtues, and the loving brutality of Zen. In his interview with Bodidharma (included in the book), Graham Priest brings out aspects of Buddhist philosophy behind Shaolin Kung-Fu—how fighting monks are seeking Buddhahood, not brawls. But as Scott Farrell’s chapter reveals, Eastern martial arts have no monopoly on philosophical traditions. Western chivalry is an education in and living revival of Aristotelian ethical theories. The Western martial art of fencing is explored by Nick Michaud, who looks at the morality of selfishness in fencing, and Christopher Lawrence and Jeremy Moss, who try to pin down what makes fencing unique: is it the sword, the techniques, the footwork, the aristocratic aura, or something else? Jack Fuller argues that his training in Karate was an education in Stoicism. Travis Taylor and Sasha Cooper reveal the utilitarian thinking behind Jigoro Kano’s Judo. Kevin Krein maintains that the martial arts are a reply to the existentialist’s anxiety about the meaninglessness of life. Patricia Peterson examines Karate’s contribution to feminism, and Scott Beattie analyzes the role of space in the martial arts school. Joe Lynch pits the Western ideas of Plato against the Eastern ideas of the Shaolin monks. Bronwyn Finnigan and Koji Tanaka uncover the meaning of human action as it appears in Kendo. Rick Schubert explains the meaning of mastery in the fighting arts. Moving to ethical issues, Tamara Kohn discovers what we owe to others in Aikido. Chris Mortensen questions whether his own Buddhist pacifism is compatible with being a martial artist. In different ways, Gillian Russell and John Haffner and Jason Vogel assess the ways in which martial arts can morally compromise us. How can the sweaty and the brutal be exquisitely beautiful? Judy Saltzman looks into the curious charm of fighting and forms, with help from Friedrich Nietzsche.

Japan's Hidden Face

A Call for Radical Change in Japanese Society & Commerce

Author: Toshihiko Abe,Jeanne Rejaunier

Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Publications

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 353

View: 8398

Written by the former director of European and American operations for Casio Computer Ltd., this major new work calls for revolutionary changes in Japanese society, including the diminished role of the emperor and the establishment of an American-style business management system. Illustrations.

Weapons

Author: Jim Ollhoff

Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company

ISBN: 1617843504

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 3819

Explores weapons used in martial arts, weaving together history, culture, geography and politics.

Samurai Weapons

Tools of the Warrior

Author: Don Cunningham

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462907490

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

View: 6267

Unlock the secrets of the legendary weapons of the samurai While the samurai is well known as the military nobility of medieval Japan, their range of weapons, which went far beyond the katana, bow, and spear, is lesser known. For instance, some weapons, like the tesson, or iron fan, were used in secret where samurai swords were not allowed. Others were improvised, with warriors using whatever fighting tool was at hand. In Samurai Weapons, readers will follow the story of Zenigata Heiji, among others, who developed an uncanny ability to use heavy coins as dangerous weapons by throwing them like bullets. Author Don Cunningham, who held ranks in judo, jujutsu, and kendo, including a second dan license from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, gives us a historical look at these ancient arms in a way that's useful for novices and samurai experts alike. Chapters cover such rich details as: Japanese martial arts culture Hidden weapons Sensu, truncheons, and polearms Learn how and why samurai weapons included not only the sword of popular lore, but also a variety of others. Cunningham describes the society of Japan, how the samurai class arose, and the place in society that samurai held through the centuries, focusing in particular on the various weaponry they used, how they used it, and why. Samurai Weapons highlights how these weapons and fighting styles have influenced various schools of Japanese martial arts.

The Japanese Sword

The Soul of the Samurai

Author: Gregory Irvine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Japan

Page: 128

View: 8570

Drawing on the V&A's magnificent collection, this illustrated survey examines the development of the Japanese sword in an historical and social context from the 8th to the 12th century.

The Samurai Conspiracy

A Story of Revenge by the Author of "The Junkyard Dog."

Author: Harlan Wygant

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469724359

Category: Fiction

Page: 328

View: 739

This sequel to "The Junkyard Dog" takes place five years later. Brad Logan is now a homicide captain and must stop a gang of terrorists who have killed several prominent citizens. When Brad's wife is kidnapped by the gang, the hunt becomes more personal. When he becomes reckless in his investigation, he is suspended and must continue on his own. When he finally locates the terrorists he is involved in a life or death struggle with the man who thinks of himself as a Samurai.

Bitter Truths (The Samurai Revival Trilogy Vol. 1)

Author: Rheagan Greene

Publisher: Hamon Publishing

ISBN: 9780957304062

Category:

Page: N.A

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In 2020, miraculously, guns and weapons of mass destruction are banned throughout the world. Law and order is maintained by an elite new fighting force of International Peacekeepers, modern-day Samurai with fearsome blades that can slice, sever and even sing... But the fragile peace is threatened by a network of violent criminal gangs, growing rich from trading in guns, drugs and the sex industry. Tessa and Penny are close friends and successful entrepreneurs. They are simply working hard to build better futures for themselves. But as Tessa sells her company for a substantial profit, tragedy strikes, leaving her life plan in tatters. Determined to find justice, Tessa unwittingly embarks on a remarkable personal journey. Although a reluctant convert to sword fighting, she soon discovers she has a speed and skill that are almost unmatched. However, her search for the truth draws her deep into the heart of a criminal conspiracy with a deadly opponent concealed at its centre.

Secrets of the Samurai

The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan

Author: Oscar Ratti,Adele Westbrook

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462902545

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

View: 1164

Secrets of the Samurai is the definitive study of the martial arts of feudal Japan, explaining in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies, and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. Beginning with a panoramic survey of the tumultuous early struggles of warlords contending for political ascendancy, the work outlines the relentless progression of the military class toward absolute power. In addition to illustrating actual methods of combat, the authors discuss in detail the crucial training necessary to develop a warrior's inner power and to concentrate all his energies into a single force. Secrets of the Samurai is an essential text for anyone with an interest in Japanese combat techniques, weaponry, or military history. This edition also contains a new foreword by Adele Westbrook and numerous previously unpublished illustrations by Oscar Ratti. Chapters include: The Bushi The Heimin The Centers of Martial Instruction Armed Bujutsu Unarmed Bujutsu Control and Power Strategic Principles Morality of Bujutsu

Samurai Fighting Arts

The Spirit and the Practice

Author: Fumon Tanaka

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770028983

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 230

View: 9765

This book introduces the world of traditional Japanese martial arts and will provide readers with a deeper understanding of Bushido and Japan. Also known as Kobudo, these traditional martial arts can be seen as a continuation of samurai culture and comprise a number of styles formulated in the samurai era that are still being taught today. Aiming to develop Bujutsu (martial arts) and Heiho (strategy) to the highest possible degree, the samurai devised a code consisting of over eighteen arts. A samurai should have impeccable manners and be an expert in martial arts, but he should never be a killer. His swords contained his soul, which he cultivated by learning poetry and art, and by practicing Zen meditation. The author is the world-famous Kobudo grandmaster. He knows all the Kobudo styles, and his teaching of arts such as Iaijutsu and Jujitsu fascinates many students around the world. This is his first book in English, and it offers readers the opportunity to learn the lesser known arts of Kobudo,particularly the way of Nito Ryu-the two-swords method created by the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi, and to understand the spirit behind it. Lavishly illustrated with around 700 photographs,Samurai Fighting Artsreveals many secret skills of Kobudo. It is divided into five chapters: Kobudo and its history; Kumiuchi Hyoho; Nito Ryu - the two-sword method; Iai and Kenpo; and Classical Kenjutsu and its application.

Das Buch der fünf Ringe

Klassische Strategien aus dem alten Japan

Author: Miyamoto Musashi

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492964869

Category: Self-Help

Page: 160

View: 6715

Dieses Grundlagenwerk der Schwertkunst ist eine klassische Anleitung für strategisches Handeln: Entscheidend für eine erfolgreiche Umsetzung von Miyamoto Musashis Weisheiten ist nicht die Technik, sondern die innere Haltung, geprägt durch Entspannung, Offenheit und Klugheit des Herzens. Musashi zeigt in zahlreichen anschaulichen Beispielen und Geschichten, wie kluges strategisches Handeln auch in der heutigen Berufs- und Arbeitswelt zum Erfolg führt.

The Samurai Sword: Introduction and Application

Author: Shihan Dana Abbott

Publisher: Amethyst Moon

ISBN: 9781935354109

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 196

View: 6719

This book is a must have treasury of "how to" for every martial arts enthusiast. Its purpose and intent focus on the "way of the sword" used throughout history by the Samurai. Through the Toyama Iai-batto-do system of comprehension and practical application you will be able to duplicate and execute the same rhythm, timing and speed required to be proficient in the sword. Learn correct and practical methodology on how to execute sword technique in a simple and direct no-nonsense approach. Discover the art of drawing and sheathing, stances, manipulation, gripping, pre-arranged forms, cutting patterns, evasive action, test cutting, plus much more. Every sword enthusiast must have this information! Enhance your expertise; Master the samurai sword, practice its applications used throughout ancient Japan and studied in modern society.