The Sword Scroll

Author: Yamamoto Kansuke
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ISBN: 9781530697823
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Yamamoto Kansuke was a 16th Century general under Takeda Shingen in the Warring States Period of Japan. This is a collection of four versions of a document attributed to him. Each of the four versions describe sword, spear and military tactics that are fully illustrated by different Edo Era artists. The text adds explanations on the underlying feeling fighting in each illustration. Long thought to be a fictional character, historical letters mentioning Yamamoto Kansuke and establishing him as a authentic historical figure are reproduced and translated. There are additional chapters highlighting techniques in Kansuke's book that also appears in the Chinese Bubishi military manual. Finally, some of the unusual weapons within the Bubishi are explained.

The Twelve Rules of the Sword

Author: Ito Ittosai
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781720715641
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A translation of two books on the philosophy of the Itto School of Sword Fighting. 1. The Twelve Rules of the Sword2. The Sword Manual of Kanamaki JizaiThe first is attributed to Ito Ittosai the legendary swordsman of the 16th century. Ittosai travelled the country and fought the head students of 33 schools, winning every time. The second is a 16th century instruction manual attributed to Ittosai's teacher Kanamaki Jizai.

Tengu

Author: Roald Knutsen
Publisher: Global Oriental
ISBN: 1906876223
Format: PDF, ePub
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This is the first in-depth study in English to examine the warrior and shamanic characteristics and significance of tengu in the martial art culture (bugei) of Muromachi Japan (1336-1573).

The Hundred Rules of War

Author: Tsukahara Bokuden
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781548035662
Format: PDF
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Includes photocopies of the handwritten calligraphic copy of The Hundred Rules of War by Tsukahara Bokuden, with transcription and analysis in Japanese by Hori Shohei, and English translation and notes by Eric Shahan.

Kenjutsu

Author: Original Japanese Scrolls
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ISBN: 9781475222883
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Art of the Sword or Kenjutsu is a Japanese military art practiced all over the world - however, access to original scrolls is often kept secret or is difficult due to the documents being kept in small libraries across japan. Here in this book a small number of scrolls - some illustrated - have been put together in their original Japanese form. This is to aid serious students of Kenjutsu in their quest for a deeper understanding of the way of the sword. This volume contains the following documents in orginal Japanese: * Katori Shinto Ryu Inka Heiho No Maki* Kashima Nito Ryu Heihoki* Toda Ito Ryu* The Postures of Yamamoto Kansuke* Jikishin Kage Ryu Hieho Mokuroku* Shinkake Ryu Heiho Mokuroku

Art of Life and Death

Author: Daniel Fletcher
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462909957
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This masterfully crafted guide to ninjitsu or budo explore in depth the history, culture and philosophy of this fascinating and enduring Japanese martial art. Budo is one of the least understood forms of art in the world. Even more than skills or techniques, the teachings of budo require faith to learn and courage to understand. One of the fundamental teachings of budo is ninjutstu, the art of perseverance that forms the basis of the Japanese martial arts. The lessons in this book come directly from experiencing the living vitality of the world's foremost master of the ninja arts, Masaaki Hatsumi. Through the use of stories, poetry, art, and earned wisdom, the authors move beyond the common image of the martial arts and reveal the nature of the unexpected changes in themselves as they struggled to come to terms with what being a martial artist in the ninja tradition meant. The Art of Life and Death is a reflection of the discipline, the aesthetics, and the philosophy that lies hidden within the martial way. It is a glimpse at the hidden potential of the martial arts, one where the practitioner can embrace transcendence and transformation in order to face all the fears that litter life and also life's most fearsome opponent: Death.