Japanese Sword Fighting

Secrets of the Samurai

Author: Masaaki Hatsumi

Publisher: Kodansha

ISBN: 9781568365923

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 7132

Renowned budo (martial arts) and ninja grandmaster Hatsumi explains how Japanese sword fighting embodies the essence of budo and the spirit of the samurai. For centures, sword masters like Miyamoto Musashi have been revered, and have fascinated and inspired people everywhere. Now, in his definitive work, Masaaki Hatsumi, the world's most famous living budo and ninja grandmaster, shares his vast knowledge of Japanese sword fighting as it's been practiced through the ages: its history, techniques, styles, and core philosophies, along with the deepest secrets of this venerable martial art. Hatsumi covers a variety of classical techniques, including ninja kenpo and two-sword fighting, and also demonstrates applications using the stick, spear, naginata, and kusarigama. He then explores such secret techniques as those involving armor, and the mutodori (no-sword) forms, considered the ultimate samurai skill. Detailed demonstration photos, works of calligraphy by famous samurai artists, historical scrolls, and illustrations enhance the text. Within Hatsumi's technical descriptions and musings on the history of bushido (the way of the warrior) are sections in which he places budo and sword fighting in their cultural context, discusses their practical applications, and conveys his personal philosophy of promoting a world of peace and tolerance.

Samurai Fighting Arts

The Spirit and the Practice

Author: Fumon Tanaka

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770028983

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 230

View: 3496

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.

The Book of Five Rings

Author: Musashi Miyamoto

Publisher: Booklassic

ISBN: 9635243979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 31

View: 998

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.

Forza The Samurai Sword Workout

Kick Butt and Get Buff with High-Intensity Sword Fighting Moves

Author: Ilaria Montagnani

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 1569757534

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 100

View: 1220

Sword Fighting in the Star Wars Universe

Historical Origins, Style and Philosophy

Author: Nick Jamilla

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786451793

Category: Social Science

Page: 287

View: 6536

Unlike most makers of modern or futuristic films, George Lucas turned away from the standard special operatives or secret agents when he created the heroes for his epic Star Wars saga. Part knight, part monk, the Jedi Knights were an order of swordsmen that helped rule the universe in accordance with law and lofty principles of justice and honor. Without the Jedi, there could be no Star Wars, and without the lightsaber sword, there could be no Jedi. This examination of the Jedi Knights, their adversaries the Sith and their lightsaber swordplay throughout all six episodes of the franchise evaluates the ways in which Lucas blended science fiction with the most ancient and epic tales of traditional samurai and Western swordsmen. It presents swordsmanship as a way to better understand the Jedi Knights, focusing on the human movement and activity surrounding the weapon and the ways in which traditional Japanese martial arts were adapted for use in the films. Topics of discussion include the powerful effects of the master-apprentice relationship; the technical choreography used in the lightsaber scenes of the Star Wars films; and the historical precedents for the Jedi order, including the Sohei fighting monks of Japan, the Janissaries and Mamelukes of Islam, and the knights of the Templar, Hospitaller and Teutonic orders.

刀剣

Author: Kanzan Sato,Kanzan Satō

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9780870115622

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 210

View: 7559

One of the foremost experts on the Japanese sword describes their history and appreciations in this book, with photographs and illustrations. The Japanese sword combines unbreakability, rigidity, and lethal cutting power, and it is in the resolution of these conflicting practical requirements that it emerges as a triumph of the forger's art. The mystique of the sword lingers on in our age of mechanized combat, but the aesthetic qualities for which swords are most valued by collectors today-the liveliness of the metal skin,' the confidence in every aspect of the'

Samurai Fighting Arts

The Spirit and the Practice

Author: Fumon Tanaka

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770028983

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 230

View: 8446

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.

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: 8193

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.

Bokken

Art of the Japanese Sword

Author: David Lowry

Publisher: Black Belt Communications

ISBN: 9780897501040

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 191

View: 9643

Author Dave Lowry of the ancient sword school Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu teaches the basics of Japanese swordsmanship using the bokken, the wooden training sword. Lowry covers stances, body movement, striking, combination techniques and techniques with a partner.

By the Sword

Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai Warriors, Swashbucklers and Olympians

Author: Richard Cohen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1849831661

Category: History

Page: 560

View: 3998

The art and science of sword fighting goes back almost to the dawn of civilization and has been an obsession for much of mankind throughout recorded history. From the Roman arena to feudal Japan and from the duellists of Europe to the development of modern-day Olympic fencing, Richard Cohen traces the course of swordsmanship with wit and erudition in a fascinating and wonderfully discursive account. Packed with anecdote, superbly written and built on a solid foundation of historical research, this is a tribute to a deadly but beautiful skill, the mastery of which for centuries defined a man.

This is Kendo

The Art of Japanese Fencing

Author: Junzo Sasamori,Gordon Warner

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462903347

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

View: 3237

"An excellent introduction to traditional Japanese swordsmanship."—Daily Yamiuri This book introduces Kendo, the exhilarating mental and physical sport of Japan that has gained new popularity, with both sexes now participating, its own evolution and the efforts of a remarkable group of teachers it has progressed through the years to its present position as a sport. This is Kendo is a fully illustrated introduction to the traditional art of Japanese fencing—its essential nature and its basic techniques. It is the first kendo book in English to describe and analyze this famous sport. Features include: Over 100 photographs and drawings Origin and History of Kendo Basic Kendo Principles and Techniques Traditions Governing Kendo Etiquette and Technique Important Strikes Offensive and Defensive Positions Training Exercises The paramount point to be remembered in this book on an ancient art is that no one really stops learning more about the people who invented armor and developed combat techniques. It is our hope that the reader will continue his study beyond the scope of this kendo guide.

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

Author: Nicklaus Suino

Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780834803398

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 112

View: 8684

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.

Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

Author: William E. Deal

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195331265

Category: History

Page: 415

View: 3123

andbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan spans the beginning of the Kamakura period in 1185 through the end of the Edo (Tokugawa) period in 1868. The medieval and early modern eras in Japan were largely shaped by the rise of the warrior class. After 1603, with the founding of the Tokugawa shogunate, Japanese culture changed dramatically, but as cities grew and merchants thrived, the warrior class became less dominant. By the end of the Edo period, Japan's insular feudal society and military government became irrelevant in an increasingly consumer-oriented economy and thriving urban culture. The contribution of military rulers, celebrated warriors, and cultural innovators to medieval and early modern Japanese culture are well documented. However, life at the village level also had a strong impact on the culture. Covering both levels of society, this comprehensive guide provides insightful information on well-known people and peasants, artisans, shopkeepers, and others outside the periphery of power. Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan introduces the reader to the significant people and events-cultural, social, political, and historical-and the everyday experiences and elements of material culture during this time. Organized thematically, the text covers: History; Land, Environment, and Population; Government; Society and Economy; Warriors and Warfare; Religion; Philosophy, Education, and Science; Language and Literature; Performing Arts; Art and Architecture; Travel and Communication; Daily Life. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography, and photographs and maps complement the text. Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan provides all the essential information for anyone interested in Japanese history, society, or culture.

Fighting Techniques of the Oriental World 1200-1860

Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905704965

Category: Combat

Page: 256

View: 548

Denne bog gennemgår orientens krigshistorie fra 1200 til 1860. Infanteriets historie såvel som kamp fra hesteryg, kommandostruktur, belejringsteknik og søkrig gennemgås i denne bog. Illustrationer i farver og s/h akkompagnerer teksten til en bred forståelse af emnet

Kendo

The Definitive Guide

Author: Hiroshi Ozawa

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770021199

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 173

View: 914

This comprehensive guide to Kendo features easy-to-follow line drawings to demonstrate techniques, basic information on equipment and lists of official rules and clubs. The book is aimed at beginners and experts alike. Kendo - the Way of the Sword - is one of the oldest of Japan's martial arts and the one most closely associated with the samurai. Kendo: The Definitive Guide is the first book in English to provide a practical and truly comprehensive approach to the subject. Everything that the novice needs to know, from basic information about purchasing, wearing, and

Life in Ancient Japan

Author: Hazel Richardson

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780778720416

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 5348

Examines the politics, daily activities, art, religion, economy, traditions, and social structures of ancient Japan.

The Politics of Nanjing

An Impartial Investigation

Author: Minoru Kitamura

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761835790

Category: History

Page: 173

View: 3757

The events of December, 1937 in Nanjing are long-standing causes of contention rooted in political differences of opinion between China and Japan. The Chinese view is unified, expressed in the "300,000 victims" engraved on the memorial walls in Nanjing, which bluntly refers to the Chinese opinion and entity of the "Great Massacre School." Views in Japan range from complete denial to agreement with the Chinese. The Japanese government's position of denial fuels the diplomatic clash. The Politics of Nanjing takes a centrist position in order to reconstruct historiographically the days leading up to and following the Japanese invasion of the capital and the political aftermath in China-Japan relations.

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: 9541

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

Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror

Martial Arts in Women's Lives

Author: Stephanie T. Hoppe

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 9780892816620

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 312

View: 2574

In Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror, seasoned writer Stephanie T. Hoppe conducts interviews with over 20 remarkable women who have not only excelled in martial arts but have adopted them (or been adopted by them) as a particular path to self-transformation.