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“A true warrior is always armed with three things: the radiant sword of pacification; the mirror of bravery, wisdom, and friendship; and the precious jewel of enlightenment.”—Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

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  1. 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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  2. The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

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    • Miyamoto Musashi
    When the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come from Asia. Musashi gives timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other… Read More

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  3. The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

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    • Miyamoto Musashi
    Here is one of the most influential texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory ever to emerge from Asia. Composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. It is written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the… Read More

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  4. The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

    The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

    A Manual of Eishin-Ryu laido

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    • 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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  5. Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship

    Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship

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    • 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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  6. Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

    Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

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    • 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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  7. 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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  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

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    • 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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