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The Spirit of the Sword: Iaido, Kendo, and Test Cutting with the Japanese Sword

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Nakamura Taisaburo's landmark book on the art of the sword includes technical information, thoughtful analysis, and fascinating recollections of his own training and teaching. One of the most famous Japanese swordsmen of the twentieth century, Nakamura is widely acknowledged as the preeminent reinvigorator of the practice of tameshigiri (test cutting) as a test of technical and spiritual mastery. The Spirit of the Sword--first published in Japanese in 1980, now translated into English for the first time--is regarded by many as the most complete of Nakamura's writings on Japanese swordsmanship. Here Nakamura instructs the reader on the integration of iaido, kendo, and tameshigiri; the correct mental approach to sword practice; training methods; numerous kata or forms; a guide to sword maintenance; and historical notes on the use of the sword as a weapon. Illustrated with over 800 original photographs, this book is a must-have for any student of the Japanese sword and an excellent resource for sword enthusiasts in general.

Contents

Chapter 1: Kobudo and Shu ha ri

Chapter 2: The integration of iaido, kendo and tameshigiri

Chapter 3: The correct mental attitude towards the Japanese sword

Chapter 4: The Japanese sword as a weapon

Chapter 5: Essential knowledge concerning the Japanese sword

Chapter 6: Training methods using the tanrenbo

Chapter 7: The fundamentals and application of tameshigiri

Chapter 8: Toyama ryu iaido (gunto no soho)

Chapter 9: Toyama ryu kumitachi (kata)

Chapter 10: Nakamura ryu battojutsu (kata)

Chapter 11: Nakamura ryu kumitachi (kata)

Chapter 12: Handling and maintenance of the Japanese sword

Chapter 13: Examples of instructing tameshigiri and sword-related injuries

Chapter 14: A life of tameshigiri

Synopsis:

Nakamura Taisaburo (1912-2003) was a renowned sword master and the founder of the Nakamura-ryu style of sword arts. He was the chief instructor of the All-Japan Toyama-ryu Iaido Federation and the head of the All-Japan Battojutsu Federation. He held a 9th-dan rank in Battojutsu and Iaido as well as an 8th-dan rank in Jukendo and a 7th-dan rank in Kendo. Gavin J. Poffley has a master's degree in Japanese translation from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has also studied at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Hiroshima University, writing dissertations on the modernization of Japan's martial arts and the history of Okinawan karate. He has dan ranks in Shorin-ryu karate and Dentokan aiki-jujutsu as well as experience in many other systems. Gavin currently resides in East London with his wife, Taeko.

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Nakamura Taisaburo (1912-2003) was a renowned sword master and the founder of the Nakamura-ryu style of sword arts. He was the chief instructor of the All-Japan Toyama-ryu Iaido Federation and the head of the All-Japan Battojutsu Federation. He held a 9th-dan rank in Battojutsu and Iaido as well as an 8th-dan rank in Jukendo and a 7th-dan rank in Kendo. In 1992, by Imperial Decree, he was awarded Japan's highest cultural award, that of "Living National Treasure." Gavin J. Poffley has a master's degree in Japanese translation from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has also studied at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Hiroshima University, writing dissertations on the modernization of Japan's martial arts and the history of Okinawan karate. He has dan ranks in Shorin-ryu karate and Dentokan aiki-jujutsu as well as experience in many other systems. Gavin currently resides in East London with his wife, Taeko.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583945421
Author:
Taisaburo, Nakamura
Publisher:
Blue Snake Books
Author:
Evans, John Maki
Author:
Poffley, Gavin J.
Author:
Nakamura, Tomoko
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
800 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.2 x 7 x 0.95 in 1.34 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Nakamura Taisaburo (1912-2003) was a renowned sword master and the founder of the Nakamura-ryu style of sword arts. He was the chief instructor of the All-Japan Toyama-ryu Iaido Federation and the head of the All-Japan Battojutsu Federation. He held a 9th-dan rank in Battojutsu and Iaido as well as an 8th-dan rank in Jukendo and a 7th-dan rank in Kendo. Gavin J. Poffley has a master's degree in Japanese translation from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has also studied at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Hiroshima University, writing dissertations on the modernization of Japan's martial arts and the history of Okinawan karate. He has dan ranks in Shorin-ryu karate and Dentokan aiki-jujutsu as well as experience in many other systems. Gavin currently resides in East London with his wife, Taeko.
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