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While the samurai is well known as the military nobility of medieval Japan, their range of weapons, which went far beyond the sword, bow, and spear, is lesser known. For instance, some weapons, like the tesson, or iron fan, were used in secret where swords were not allowed. Others were improvised, with warriors using whatever fighting tool was at hand. In andlt;iandgt;Samurai Weaponsandlt;/iandgt;, readers will follow the story of Zenigata Heiji, among others, who developed an uncanny ability to use heavy coins as dangerous weapons by throwing them like bullets.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Author Don Cunningham, who holds ranks in judo, jujutsu, and kendo, including a second dan license from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, gives us a historical look at these ancient arms in a way that's useful for novices and samurai experts alike.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Chapters cover such rich details as:andlt;ulandgt;andlt;liandgt;Japanese martial arts cultureandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;Hidden weaponsandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;Sensu, truncheons, and polearmsandlt;/liandgt;andlt;/ulandgt;Learn how and why samurai weapons included not only the sword of popular lore, but also a variety of others. Cunningham describes the society of Japan, how the samurai class arose, and the place in society that samurai held through the centuries, focusing in particular on the various weaponry they used, how they used it, and why. andlt;iandgt;Samurai Weaponsandlt;/iandgt; highlights how these weapons and fighting styles have influenced various schools of Japanese martial arts.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Don Cunningham, Ph.D.andlt;/bandgt;, has studied and written about Japanese modern and traditional martial arts for more than thirty years and is a frequent contributor to martial arts publications. He is currently assistant professor at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.

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Cunningham, Don
Tuttle Publishing
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
samurai; Japanese martial arts; martial arts; weapons; samurai history
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Military - Weapons
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Trade Paperback
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120 images: color and bandamp;w photos,
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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History and Social Science » Military » Weapons » General
History and Social Science » World History » Japan
Sports and Outdoors » Martial Arts » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Martial Arts » General

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