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  1. The Swordsman's Handbook

    The Swordsman's Handbook

    Samurai Teachings on the Path of the Sword

    • edited by
    • William Scott Wilson
    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… Read More

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  2. The Lone Samurai

    The Lone Samurai

    The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

    • by
    • William Scott Wilson
    Miyamoto Musashi (1584‒1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers. Here, respected translator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created both a vivid account of a… Read More

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  3. The Life-Giving Sword

    The Life-Giving Sword

    Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun

    • by
    • Yagyu Munenori
    The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting; Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the… Read More

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  4. The Unfettered Mind

    The Unfettered Mind

    Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

    • by
    • Takuan Soho
    This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai Yagyu Munenori, who was a great swordsman and rival to the legendary Miyamoto Musashi.… Read More

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  5. The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

    The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

    A Manual of Eishin-Ryu laido

    • by
    • Nicklaus Suino
    The original purpose of iaido was to slay an opponent with one stroke of the sword upon unsheathing; today it is practiced as a martial art, one that improves concentration, develops strength and coordination, and cultivates awareness of an ancient culture and its traditions. This manual of Eishin-Ryu (or "Pure Faith") iaido teaches the most widely practiced sword style, and is illustrated with step-by-step drawings to help… Read More

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  6. Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship

    Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship

    • by
    • Nicklaus Suino
    After years of practicing persistently and developing technical prowess, advanced students in the Japanese sword arts need to cultivate a strategic mind if they are to advance to the rarefied level of master swordsperson. Rather than passively absorbing the sword techniques, an ambitious student needs to focus more directly on the two ultimate goals of the art—to cut the opponent while avoiding being cut and to move toward perfection of… Read More

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  7. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

    Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

    • by
    • Nicklaus Suino
    To become an expert swordsman, one must pay close attention to detail, be highly self-critical, and practice diligently every day under the guidance of a good teacher. Unfortunately, contact time with a worthy mentor is limited for most. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship fills this obvious gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bokuto (wooden sword) drills to supplement the formal class activity of forms practice. Both… Read More

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  8. The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

    • by
    • Miyamoto Musashi
    The Book of Five Rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. The Book of… Read More

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  9. The Heart of Kendo

    The Heart of Kendo

    A Comprehensive Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of the Art of the Sword

    • by
    • Darrell Max Craig
    "The martial arts, if taught correctly, are limitless journeys with no final destination," writes martial arts master Darrell Craig. "They are a way of life." He begins that journey here with the basics: sitting, breathing, and the all-important bow, or rei. He describes kendo equipment and its care, then progresses to some of the basic features of a kendo practice session: warm-up exercises, assuming the proper stance, grip, strikes,… Read More

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  10. Iaido

    Iaido

    History, Teaching, and Practice of Japanese Swordsmanship

    • by
    • William de Lange,
    • Akita Moriji
    For over a thousand years the sword has played a crucial role in Japanese society. Even today it remains a ubiquitous and venerated object, whether cherished as a work of art, admired as a feat of technology, or wielded in one of the many schools of fencing that have survived Japan's feudal era. This book not only explains the techniques of that era's most prominent school, it also gives the… Read More

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