The Sword Scroll

Author: Yamamoto Kansuke
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 Swordsman s Handbook

Author: William Scott Wilson
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834829738
Format: PDF, Docs
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There is perhaps no more potent symbol of the samurai era than the sword. By the seventeenth century in Japan, the art of swordsmanship had begun to take on an almost cult-like popularity. Swordsmanship was more than a mastery of technique; it was a path toward self-mastery. The Swordsman’s Handbook is the definitive collection of writings by men who saw the study of swordsmanship not only as essential to life and death, but as something that transcended life and death as well. Their teaching, that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage, speaks to us today with surprising immediacy and relevance. Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Yahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi, and Yamaoka Tesshu.


Author: Roald Knutsen
Publisher: Global Oriental
ISBN: 1906876223
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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 Lost Samurai School

Author: Antony Cummins
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1623170877
Format: PDF
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Available for the first time in English, this book is both an illustrated samurai arts manual and a groundbreaking historical account of the teachings of a Japanese samurai who formed a school known as Mubyoshi Ryu in the 1600s. Abundantly illustrated with more than 350 images representing the practices of Mubyoshi Ryu, The Lost Samurai School collects and translates ancient documents that contain the instructions of founding master Hagiwara Juzo, revealing the enthralling martial arts, secret weapons, magic, and espionage as they were practiced by samurai in their daily lives. The scrolls contain fascinating descriptions of "civilian" samurai skills, which concentrate more on personal protection than battlefield warfare, including the full ninja curriculum and elements of esoteric magic. Antony Cummins contextualizes the many expertly translated documents with a history of the era, the school, and its grandmaster. The illustrations bring to life the skills required to master everything from jūjutsu, to shuriken-jutsu (throwing blades), to swords, to chain weapons, to the quarterstaff. The Lost Samurai School is a journey into the past that will preserve such skills for the future.


Author: Original Japanese Scrolls
ISBN: 9781475222883
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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

Devil s Gloves and the One Cut

Author: Paul Budden
ISBN: 9781463535384
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The ancient art of Kendo has been studied and practiced throughout Japan for centuries and has along with similar Japanese cultures spread worldwide. Thus the appeal of this unique activity is therefore no longer limited to its homeland, this may be attributed to the plain and simple fact that Kendo can actually be understood and put into practice anywhere, by anyone and at any time or place.This is the first study outside of Japan and the first in English, covering a brief history, the philosophical aspects and technical elements that make up this classical school of swordsmanship dating from the 17th century known as Ono ha Itto ryu.It will be of specific interest to those who practice Kendo, and also to the numerous enthusiasts of all Far Eastern martial arts.


Author: Yoshio Sugino
ISBN: 9781326770501
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Having been taught for almost 600 years, Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu is one of the oldest Japanese martial arts. This is the first English translation of the book, which was originally published in Japan in 1941. With its many pictures and texts it presents the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu's basic techniques and kata with the sword (iai-jutsu, ken-jutsu), bo (bo-jutsu) and the naginata (naginata-jutsu) in great depth. This book also describes the relevance and the aim of budo and budo training methods to the reader, as well as the essential basics of budo (kamae, ma-ai, metsuke, zanshin, munen-muso, etc.). Additionally, it provides information on the origin and history of the Katori Shinto Ryu style, which was founded by Iizasa Choisai Ienao sensei (1387 - 1488). This book is complemented by historical and biographical texts written by Yoshio Sugino. Both the 20th Soke of the Katori Shinto Ryu Yasusada Iizasa sensei and Yukihiro Sugino sensei have also kindly provided a preface.