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

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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.

IAI The Art of Drawing the Sword

Author: Darrell Max Craig

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9780804870238

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 280

View: 5399

To the Japanese, the sword is a spiritual weapon, possessed of a kind of divinity, a self reflective of the soul of its maker, owner, and user. Around its mystical powers has grown a centuries-old ritual and a fascinating, intricate discipline. This unique guide unlocks the mysteries of this ancient ritual practice, explaining the history and significance of swords in the samurai culture, and documenting the techniques of swordsmanship, as no other book in English does. IAI: The Art of Drawing the Sword is a thorough examination of the traditional Japanese martial art of iaijutsu. Included in this volume are introductions to sword care and selection; general etiquette and the training uniform and gear; proper basic sword procedure; sword techniques and drills for practice and demonstrations; kata; and sword testing; as well as the story of the Chushingura (the 47 Ronin). Generously illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings, IAI: The Art of Drawing the Sword is a storehouse of information for both the aspiring student and the experienced swordsman.

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: 6094

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.

The Japanese Sword

The Soul of the Samurai

Author: Gregory Irvine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Japan

Page: 128

View: 7444

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 Sword: Introduction and Application

Author: Shihan Dana Abbott

Publisher: Amethyst Moon

ISBN: 9781935354109

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 196

View: 4459

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.

Japanese Sword Fighting

Secrets of the Samurai

Author: Masaaki Hatsumi

Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated

ISBN: 9781568364612

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 239

View: 6342

Hidden Essence of the Martial Arts and the Spirit of the Samurai Japanese history is replete with great sword masters. Legendary figures such as Koizumi Isenokami, Tsukahara Bokuden, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, and Ito Ittosai have been revered as deities for countless years, forged into the history of Japan's martial arts. But there were also many lesser known samurai who carried the spirit of Bushido, Tirelessly devoting themselves to Japan's martial traditions and mastering their many fighting forms. Japan's rich legacy of swordsmanship has been passed on through these generations of samurai, who developed many techniques using the long sword, short sword, and Ninja sword, among others. In this book, Masaaki Hatsumi, the most renonwned Budo and Ninja grandmaster in the world, explores the venerable history of Japanese sword fighting, sharing with the reader his reflections on the hidden essence of this revered martial art. He covers a variety of classical techniques including Ninja kenpo, Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, as well as two-sword techniques. Drawing on his deep knowledge, the author demonstrates advenced, practical applications of the art, using the stick, spear, naginata, and kusarigama. More mysterious, secret techniques are also discussed, including those involving armor, and the variety of renowned mutodori (no-sword) forms-the ultimate martial skill of the samurai. Works of calligraphy by famous samurai masters, such as Asari Matashichiro and Yamaoka Tesshu, accompany the descriptions, as well as important historical scrolls and an array of lavish illustrations that help demonstrate the grace and beauty of Japanese sword fighting. After his highly acclaimed works The Way of the Ninja and Advanced Stick Fighting, Masaaki Hatsumi continues to pursue his life's ambition of fostering and spreading Budo throughout the world, with this definitive book on the art of Japanese sword fighting. Within his technical descriptions and musings on the history of Bushido, Hatsumi's philosophy of promoting a world of peace and tolerance is ever present, as is his firm belief in the universality of Budo, espoused in his own words: ". . . if the seed of Japan's Budo is planted anywhere in the world, it will continue to grow and flourish."

Samurai Swordsmanship

The Batto, Kenjutsu, and Tameshiri of Eishin-Ryu

Author: Masayuki Shimabukuro,Carl E. Long

Publisher: Black Belt Communications Incorporated

ISBN: 9780897501996

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 250

View: 2341

Demonstrates and explains the history, construction, sword etiquette, basic targeting and mat cutting using the Samurai sword.

The Book of Five Rings

Author: Musashi Miyamoto

Publisher: Booklassic

ISBN: 9635243979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 31

View: 7395

Miyamoto Musashi's Go Rin no Sho or the book of five rings,is considered a classic treatise on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Chanakya's Arthashastra. The five "books" refer to the idea that there are different elements of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life, as described by Buddhism, Shinto, and other Eastern religions. Through the book Musashi defends his thesis: a man who conquers himself is ready to take it on on the world, should need arise.

Japanese Swords

Cultural Icons of a Nation; The History, Metallurgy and Iconography of the Samurai Sword (Downloadable Material)

Author: Colin M. Roach

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462915752

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 176

View: 523

With over 300 stunning photographs and woodblock prints along with extensive historical and cultural commentary, Japanese Swords is the ultimate authority on Samurai weaponry. Historically, Japanese warriors considered their swords to be far greater than simple weaponry. Their swords were both lethal tools and divine companions — social and religious icons. Traditionally worn by the samurai as a sign of social status, the Japanese sword represented the junction between the reigning military class and those whom they ruled. Moreover, the samurai sword was a technological and artistic marvel. Many scholars consider it to be the finest sword ever constructed. In terms of symbolism and historical importance, no other blade comes close to the Japanese sword. With a historical, iconographical, and technological perspective, author Cohn M. Roach provides an in-depth study of these magnificent weapons in Japanese Swords. This richly illustrated sword book weaves the blade's primary influences together, tracking its history and illuminating its progress from infancy to grandeur. By studying the evolution of the Japanese sword from this perspective, we better understand Japan and its warrior archetype. Combining research materials from multiple disciplines, Roach uses his expertise as an educator to guide readers through the sword's rise to greatness in a unique way. This book discusses the history, development, and spiritual symbolism of the sword, as well as the esoteric metallurgical techniques used in making it. It also covers the difficult training practices used by skilled swordsmen. Japanese Swords also includes a companion DVD featuring a beautifully-filmed documentary that explores the traditional swordmaker's craft. The DVD also contains an introduction to the Japanese sword at a sword shop in Kyoto and a visit to a dojo for a beginner's class in the medieval sword-drawing art called iaido.

Manga For Dummies

Author: Kensuke Okabayashi

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118051054

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 432

View: 6309

If you love Manga, you’ll eat Manga For Dummies, right up. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create all of your favorite Manga characters from rough sketch through final full-color renderings. You’ll build your skills as you draw animals, mythical creatures, superheroes, teenagers, and villains—along with their weapons, cars, and homes. Soon you’ll be inventing your own characters and placing them in stylish poses and stirring action scenes. Before you know it you’ll be knocking out storyboards and plotlines for you own Manga book. Find out how to: Gear up for drawing with all the right tools and materials Develop the basic skills of Manga figure drawing Customize and accessorize your Manga characters Design spectacular weapons, gadgets, mechas, and vehicles Create 3-D drawings and give characters motion and emotion Write an exciting Manga Story Complete with a stunning, full-color 8 page insert, Manga for Dummies is your real-life guide to the ultimate fantasy world.

Samurai Fighting Arts

The Spirit and the Practice

Author: Fumon Tanaka

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770028983

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 230

View: 6378

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.

Shinkage-Ryu Sword Techniques

Traditional Japanese Martial Arts

Author: Tadashige Watanabe

Publisher: Japan Publications

ISBN: 9780870408878

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 150

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The Samurai Swordsman

Master of War

Author: Stephen Turnbull

Publisher: Frontline Books

ISBN: 1844157121

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 6549

Samurai tells the story of the courageous and highly disciplined fighting men of this time, showing how they evolved from the primitive fighters of the seventh century into an invincible military caste with a fearsome reputation. In the early seventh century, the samurai rose to prominence during the struggles between the emperor and the military leaders (shogun). They took part in the invasion of Korea, as well as helping to keep Japan free from foreign influence. From the Heian period through to the Onin wars, the history of the samurai is replete with tales of heroism and bloodshed. Although the samurai is most famous for his use of the sword, he also used a wide variety of other weapons, such as the crossbow, the dagger and the spear. Samurai armour and costume were constantly evolving, and by the twelfth century most samurai were wearing the box-like yoroi armour. Samurai examines samurai fighting tactics, as well as acts such as ritual suicide (hari-kiri) and the taking of enemy heads as trophies.

The Spirit of the Sword

Iaido, Kendo, and Test Cutting with the Japanese Sword

Author: Nakamura Taisaburo

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583945423

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 2348

"A complete translation of Nakamura Taisaburo's book on the essence of test cutting and Japanese swordsmanship. Includes photographs, technical information, analysis, and stories from the author's life"--Provided by publisher.

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

Author: Nicklaus Suino

Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780834803398

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 112

View: 6214

This book fills a gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bojuto drills to supplement formal class activities. Both single and two-person drills are presented, including some common iaido and kenjutsu.

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

Author: Pamela S. Turner

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

ISBN: 1607348489

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 256

View: 2353

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.

The Fighting Sword

Techniques and Concepts

Author: Dwight C. Mclemore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781983429781

Category:

Page: 268

View: 9507

The second in Dwight McLemore's Fighting Weapons series, The Fighting Sword began as a way for the author to chronicle his experience of commissioning a custom-made sword and then designing a training program to use with it. As he developed the sword-fighting concepts, techniques and combat scenarios for use with his sword, however, he realized that they could be adapted and used by anyone with a sword.