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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 Shambhala Guide to Kendo

    The Shambhala Guide to Kendo

    • by
    • Minoru Kiyota
    Kendo is the art of swordsmanship that was cultivated by the samurai in medieval Japan and it is an increasingly popular martial art studied in the West today. While most books on kendo focus primarily on kata, or the traditional movements or forms, The Shambhala Guide to Kendo provides a succinct overview of the art as a whole: its historical significance, spiritual teachings, and how it can… Read More

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  2. The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

    • by
    • Miyamoto Musashi
    Here 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 leaders in all professions, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. The Book of Five Rings —which has become a well-known classic among American business people, studied for its… Read More

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  3. 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
    Here is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Kendo, the Japanese "way of the sword," the ancient martial art that originated in the Japanese samurai tradition. Kendo is a way of life shaped by the discipline that produces perseverance, alertness, concentration, and introspection. It is very closely tied to Zen: it adepts traditionally also train in Zen meditation, and numerous Zen masters have been adept… Read More

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  4. The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship

    The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship

    Manual of Taiji Jian

    • by
    • Zhang Yun
    Most Westerners are familiar with Taiji Quan (often spelled T'ai Chi Ch'uan), the graceful, dancelike exercise movements practiced by the Chinese to promote health and longevity. However, many do not realize that Taiji is also a martial art, and that it includes practice with weapons, including the ancient sword called jian. As with Taiji Quan, the practice ofTaiji Jian is based on Chinese yin-yang, five-elements, and Daoist philosophical concepts,… Read More

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  5. Japanese Swordsmanship

    Japanese Swordsmanship

    Technique and Practice

    • by
    • Gordon Warner,
    • Donn F. Draeger
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