The Sword in Japanese Martial Traditions Vol 1

From Muraku-ryu. Kanso-ryu f. Sekiguchi Hachirozaemon Ujinari. From Sekiguchi-ryu. Kisshu Tamiya-ryu f. Tamiya Sunemon. Position uncertain. Kubota-ha Tamiya-ryu f. Kubota Sukedayu Sei-on. From Tamiya-ryu. Mugai ...

The Sword in Japanese Martial Traditions  Vol  1

If the Way of the warrior is the soul of Japan, their magnificent swords were the tools utilized to form the nation and forge their spirit. You’ll find an abundance of information in this special anthology in support of this thesis. Kimberley Taylor wrote four chapters, the first being an interview with 7th-dan Matsuo Haruna. Haruna offers great advice for practitioners based on his first-hand experience. Taylor’s two highly researched chapters give overviews of two major iaido schools. Excellent photos and descriptions of katas accompany the text. Taylor’s finale is a short piece describing two of his favorite techniques, while Deborah Klens-Bigman’s chapter deals with two of her favorite techniques. Another top ranking swordsman, Nicklaus Suino, gets to the finicky details of sword-drawing techniques as performed by masters. From his two chapters, we learn how to watch for telltale signs of expertise and come to a greater appreciation of the art of drawing the sword. Jonathan Seckler’s chapter translates and comments on an essay written by Chozanshi Shissai in 1729. He argues that Neo-Confucianism rather than Zen became the foundation of swordsmanship, and illustrates how the sword arts began to be appreciated for their use for self-development. Andrew Bryant’s chapter focuses on poems passed down within the Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu School of Iaido. These poems correspond to techniques contained within the system created in the 17th century. The author presents each poem and offers provides textual descriptions of their corresponding applications with each sword technique illustrated. Joseph Svinth’s research presents the earliest kendo clubs to form in Canada. The socio-cultural settings add much flavor to this chapter. Information is provided regarding notable instructors, training, and competitions. Another way to better understand a martial tradition of one country is to compare it with another. Matthew Galas compares and contrasts sword arts in Germany with the Japanese traditions. The focus is on general principles and combat philosophy. Devotees to sword practice are well award that scabbards get damaged. Michael Babin’s chapter shows “how to” build a serviceable scabbard according talents of anyone moderately handy with tools. The twelve chapters described above should inspire further research and practice in the Japanese sword arts, plus bring a greater appreciation for their unique place in world history and culture.

Kendo

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Kendo

Kendo is the first in-depth historical, cultural, and political account in English of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship, from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice as a global sport today. Alexander Bennett shows how kendo evolved through a recurring process of "inventing tradition," which served the changing ideologies and needs of Japanese warriors and governments over the course of history. Kendo follows the development of Japanese swordsmanship from the aristocratic-aesthetic pretensions of medieval warriors in the Muromachi period, to the samurai elitism of the Edo regime, and then to the nostalgic patriotism of the Meiji state. Kendo was later influenced in the 1930s and 1940s by ultranationalist militarists and ultimately by the postwar government, which sought a gentler form of nationalism to rekindle appreciation of traditional culture among Japan’s youth and to garner international prestige as an instrument of "soft power." Today kendo is becoming increasingly popular internationally. But even as new organizations and clubs form around the world, cultural exclusiveness continues to play a role in kendo’s ongoing evolution, as the sport remains closely linked to Japan’s sense of collective identity.

Kendo

founded the Musoshinden ryu school , where students practiced the art of rapid drawing , called iaido ... Other schools of iaido include Musojikiden Eishin ryu , Hokki ryu , Shinto ryu , Seikiguchi ryu , Tamiya ryu , and Mugai ryu .

Kendo

All students of kendo--the formal art and practice of Japanese swordsmanship--will welcome this manual by an advanced practitioner with a deep understanding of the martial art. The work begins with a history of kendo in Japan, followed by a study of basic equipment and its proper care and use and a detailed description of forms and rules--essential aspects of any martial art. Beginners will find this section particularly helpful because of the close attention paid to fundamental techniques of kendo, including the rare two-sword form (nitô ryû), largely unknown outside of Japan. Each technique is accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow illustrations. The Nihon Kendo Kata and Shiai and Shinpan rules and regulations are useful references for those learning the Kata and participating in matches. The author, who is also a practicing physician, is attentive throughout to injury prevention and safety--concerns often overlooked in martial arts manuals. The elements of kendo philosophy, which can mystify even experienced practitioners, are explained in simple terms to aid understanding. The manual concludes with biographies of Japan's most celebrated swordsmen, an extensive glossary of kendo terms, and a history of kendo in Hawaii, where it has been practiced for more than a century and where some of the world's top practitioners can be found.

The Swordsman s Handbook

the Chujo-ryu, and the Gan-ryu". These styles—and others that have their roots ... Those schools connected to this Western tradition include the Yoshioka-ryu,” the Togun-ryu, the Shinto Munen-ryu, the Shingyoto-ryu, and the Mugai-ryu.

The Swordsman s Handbook

An anthology of the most influential writings on swordsmanship from the samurai era. 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 and death, but as something that transcended life and death as well. Their teaching, that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage, speaks to us today with surprising immediacy and relevance. Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Yahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi, and Yamaoka Tesshu.

Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Volume 4

YOU JOINED THE MUGAI - RYU SIX MONTHS EARLIER THAN I DID . YOU'VE GOT SENIORITY . HEH LEH HEH . FOR NOW , ANYWAY . AND SO ... AS A GUY WHO'S GOT MUGAI - RYU STAMPED ALL OVER HIM ... BUT WHEN IT COMES TO KILLING , GIRL , YOU'RE A SNOT ...

Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Volume 4

Over 600 blood-soaked pages, collecting Hiroaki Samura's captivating "Secrets," "Fall Frost," and "Beasts" story arcs! Rin's purportedly immortal protector, Manji, was enlisted to help her hunt down the ruthless Itto-ryü sword school that murdered her parents. With Rin searching for the eccentric Itto-ryū leader Anotsu Kagehisa on her own now, Manji joins forces with Magatsu--a charming, fan-favorite killer--to take on the evil Shira! Hyakurin and her fellow Mugai-ryū warriors tangle with the devious Itto-ryū clan, too, and suffer serious losses! Collects Blade of the Immortal volumes 10 to 12 in the original 7x10 serialized format, in a faux-leather hardcover treatment, and with a bookmark ribbon.

Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Volume 6

YOU TOOK ALL THAT CASH YOU GOT WHEN YOU LEFT THE MUGAI - RYŪ AND BLEW IT ON FOOD AND SAKE ? HMPH ! MUGAI - RYU'S GREAT LONER . I STOP BY HABAKI'S PLACE FOR A CHANGE , AND WHAT ? GAVE IT TO THESE BEGGARS SO THEY'D PUT YOU UP ?

Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Volume 6

Over 800 pages of gripping samurai action and tension! With Hiroaki Samura’s titanic tale hitting its midpoint, Rin begins to discover her skills as a warrior and strategist, as she makes new allies and resolves to find the missing Manji. Her immortal swordsman is imprisoned and being tortured in an underground stronghold beneath Edo Castle where cruel doctors hope to find the secret behind his mystical powers. Rin teams up with the enigmatic Doa to not only free Manji, but expose the hideous medical experiments. Collects Blade of the Immortal volumes 16 to 19 in the original 7x10 serialized format, in a faux-leather hardcover treatment, and with a bookmark ribbon.

The Sword in Japanese Martial Traditions Vol 2

In fact, this author has trained with and competed against practitioners of many Japanese lineage swordsmanship styles including Muso Shinden-ryu, Hoki-ryu, Suio-ryu, Katori Shintoryu, Mugai-ryu, and Jigen-ryu, and has yet to meet a ...

The Sword in Japanese Martial Traditions  Vol  2

If the Way of the warrior is the soul of Japan, their magnificent swords were the tools utilized to form the nation and forge their spirit. You’ll find an abundance of information in this special anthology in support of this thesis. Kimberley Taylor wrote four chapters, the first being an interview with 7th-dan Matsuo Haruna. Haruna offers great advice for practitioners based on his first-hand experience. Taylor’s two highly researched chapters give overviews of two major iaido schools. Excellent photos and descriptions of katas accompany the text. Taylor’s finale is a short piece describing two of his favorite techniques, while Deborah Klens-Bigman’s chapter deals with two of her favorite techniques. Another top ranking swordsman, Nicklaus Suino, gets to the finicky details of sword-drawing techniques as performed by masters. From his two chapters, we learn how to watch for telltale signs of expertise and come to a greater appreciation of the art of drawing the sword. Jonathan Seckler’s chapter translates and comments on an essay written by Chozanshi Shissai in 1729. He argues that Neo-Confucianism rather than Zen became the foundation of swordsmanship, and illustrates how the sword arts began to be appreciated for their use for self-development. Andrew Bryant’s chapter focuses on poems passed down within the Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu School of Iaido. These poems correspond to techniques contained within the system created in the 17th century. The author presents each poem and offers provides textual descriptions of their corresponding applications with each sword technique illustrated. Joseph Svinth’s research presents the earliest kendo clubs to form in Canada. The socio-cultural settings add much flavor to this chapter. Information is provided regarding notable instructors, training, and competitions. Another way to better understand a martial tradition of one country is to compare it with another. Matthew Galas compares and contrasts sword arts in Germany with the Japanese traditions. The focus is on general principles and combat philosophy. Devotees to sword practice are well award that scabbards get damaged. Michael Babin’s chapter shows “how to” build a serviceable scabbard according talents of anyone moderately handy with tools. The twelve chapters described above should inspire further research and practice in the Japanese sword arts, plus bring a greater appreciation for their unique place in world history and culture.

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 9

Created and then disbanded by Habaki Kagimura, the Mugai-ryū included Giichi, Hyakurin, the evil Shira, and the deceased Shinriji. MUTENICHI-RYU: The sword school led by Rin's father (now deceased), destroyed by Anotsu Kagehisa.

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 9

Manji and Rin may have a fighting chance, but can a wounded and road-weary Magatsu hold his own against an invigorated, freshly armed foe? Anotsu's strange Ittō-Ryū crew is splintered and fatigued, and Habaki Kagimura's group of suicidal Rokki-dan soldiers is closing in on them! In this penultimate omnibus volume, Hiroaki Samura's spellbinding masterpiece sees several major storylines finally beginning to dovetail. As some characters' strange paths are beginning to converge, Samura's epic study on revenge and survival begins to wind its way toward a massive, final confrontation! The end begins here! Hiroaki Samura's widely acclaimed Blade of the Immortal manga series has won many awards across the globe, including the Eisner Award in America, the prestigious Media Arts Award of Japan, and multiple British Eagle Awards. Collects Blade of the Immortal Dark Horse TPB volumes 26, 27, 28

Blade of the Immortal

Itt6 -ryu: The radical Sword School of Anotsu Kagehisa. kenshi: A Swordsman or swordswoman, not necessarily born into the ... Created and then disbanded by Habaki Kagimura, the Mugai-ryu included Giichi, Hyakurin, the evil Shira, ...

Blade of the Immortal

Last volume's vicious battle continues — and a popular, key character meets a grisly end! With the help of some new allies, Manji and Rin may have a fighting chance, but can a wounded and road-weary Magatsu hold his own against an invigorated, freshly armed foe? Hiroaki Samura's spellbinding masterpiece finds several major story lines finally beginning to dovetail. As some characters' strange paths are beginning to converge, is Samura's epic study on revenge and survival beginning to wind its way toward a massive, final confrontation?

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 10

MUGA1-RYU: Sword school of the Akagi assassins; literally, "without form." Created and then disbanded by Habaki Kagimura, the Mugai-ryū included Giichi, Hyakurin, the evil Shira, and the deceased Shinriji. MUTENICHI-RYU: The sword ...

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 10

The harrowing, bone-crunching finale! Hiroaki Samura's long-running manga series ends with a massive, 704-page omnibus collection filled with action and suspense. Who will survive? Disgraced Edo officer Habaki faces the devious Anotsu in a decisive showdown, while Manji, Rin, and only a few others witness the end of an era. Rin's quest concludes with a violent bang--then things get weirder! Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal finale overflows with heartbreak and bloodshed! This manga series has won many awards across the globe, including the Eisner Award in America, the prestigious Media Arts Award of Japan, and multiple British Eagle Awards. Collects Blade of the Immortal Dark Horse TPB volumes 29, 30, 31.

Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Volume 7

MUGAI - RYŪ : Sword school of the Akagi asNODACHI : A sword with a long blade . Briefly popular on the battlefield , their great weight eventually led to the evolution of the two - handed nagamaki halberd .

Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Volume 7

In the tunnels beneath Edo Castle, Rin and Doa search for their missing loved ones and face a seemingly endless run of strange foes. Dishonored military leader Kagimura must destroy Anotsu and the hated Itto-ryu school, so he forms the new Rokki-dan gang of odd criminal misfits to help him track Anotsu down. This volume presents Hiroaki Samura’s complete “Demon Lair” story arc—which features a massive prison brawl helmed by young Rin—and the “Footsteps” story arc, which builds up to Blade of the Immortal’s intense, multi-volume final battle! Blade of the Immortal has won numerous awards across the globe, including the Eisner Award in America, the prestigious Media Arts Award of Japan, and multiple British Eagle Awards—among many other international accolades. Samura’s manga epic was made into a complete anime series in 2008 and was adapted into a live-action film by Takashi Miike in 2017. Collects Blade of the Immortal volumes 20 to 22 in the original 7" x 10" serialized format, in a faux-leather hardcover treatment, and with a bookmark ribbon.

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 8

MUGAl-RYU: Sword school of the Akagi assassins; literally, "without form." Created and then disbanded by Habaki Kagimura, the Mugai-ryū included Giichi, Hyakurin, the evil Shira (who now possesses Manji's missing limb), and the deceased ...

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 8

The showdown that fans have been waiting for begins here, as Manji and Shira finally cross swords! Although he's missing an arm, Manji's mystical healing powers still ensure that he's a formidable opponent--but his greatest foe, the masochistic Shira, has a few depraved tricks up his own sleeve! With Shira deadlier than ever, having had plenty of time to plot twisted revenge schemes, will Manji be able to protect Rin from his deranged nemesis? Plus--an Ittö-ryü warrior dies, in typically dramatic Hiroaki Samura fashion--as his allies embarrass the shogunate. Samura's widely acclaimed Blade of the Immortal manga series has won awards across the globe, including the Eisner Award in America, the prestigious Media Arts Award of Japan, and multiple British Eagle Awards.

Blade of the Immortal

Manji and Rin's alliance with the mysterious Mugai-ryū assassins has failed, and now to pursue her parents killer, Rin must pass through the Shogun's checkpoints without Manji, one of the most wanted men in Japan.

Blade of the Immortal

The immortal samurai, Manji, and his charge, Rin have lost their best chance to avenge the death of Rin's parents at the hands of Anotsu Kagehisa's renegade sword school, the deadly Itto-ryu. Manji and Rin's alliance with the mysterious Mugai-ryu assassins has failed, and now for Rin to pursue her parents' killer, she must pass through the Shogun's checkpoints that control the roads out of Edo, a task she must perform without Manji, who is one of the most wanted men in all Japan and she is sure to be detected. When Manji discovers Rin has gone, he faces the impossible choice of storming the checkpoint by force or leaving Rin to face Anotsu and his trained killers alone. And when Rin is falsely named as an accomplice in a savage murder, the stakes are raised ever higher as she faces even greater odds to fulfill her blood oath! Collecting issues #1-8 of The Gathering series.

Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Volume 5

Meanwhile , is the Mugai - ryu assassin Giichi following Manji in order to help rescue Rin ... or will he just stick around long enough to finish off any survivors ? This epic tale of vengeance won Japan's Media Arts Award , several ...

Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Volume 5

Over 700 pages of samurai swordplay and grudge matches in one killer, value-priced collection, featuring Hiroaki Samura’s fast-paced “Mirror of the Soul,” “Last Blood,” and “Trickster” story arcs! Kidnapped and bound by three Itto-ryu warriors, Rin is unable to warn her bodyguard, Manji—the seemingly immortal swordsman, that he’s heading into a trap. The Itto-ryu thugs also possess a large dose of the only known poison to damage Manji’s blood and severely cripple his regenerative abilities. And is the Mugai-ryu assassin Giichi following Manji in order to help rescue Rin . . . or will he just stick around long enough to finish off any survivors? Collects Blade of the Immortal volumes 13 to 15 in the original 7x10 serialized format, in a faux-leather hardcover treatment, and with a bookmark ribbon.

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 3

MESHIMoRI-on NA: Basically, a servingwench, but one expected to perform sexual favors on the side. MUGAI-RYU: Sword school of the Akagiassassins, literally, "without form." MUTENICHI-RYU: Sword schoolled by Rin's father.

Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Volume 3

Over 650 pages of samurai battles, bloodshed, and bitter rivalries! Rin's seemingly immortal protector, Manji, is helping her destroy the eccentric, bloodthirsty Itto-ryu sword school that ambushed and killed her parents. While Manji has his hands full with a trio of devious assassins, Rin decides to make her way across Edo to search for the murderous Itto-ryu leader Anotsu Kagehisa on her own! Will Manji find her before Anotsu does? This volume also features the debut of the mysterious Mugai-ryu warriors, who will become major players in this revenge epic from a modern manga master!

Jodo Notebook

Mugai Ryu #%iff Japanese Koryu martial art school founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi (#: H ###) in 23 June 1680. The school retains both Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu in its curriculum. Today it has splintered into several lines, and there is no ...

Jodo Notebook

"Jodo Notebook" is a fully illustrated manual of the Basic techniques (Kihon) of Shindo Muso Ryu (SMR) and the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei (ZNKR),and the 12 Kata of Seitei Jodo. It is an invaluable supplement to Jodo training to make learning easier and faster as well. Jodo (Japanese stick fighting) is taught either in Shindo Muso Ryu, or in the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei under the name Seitei Jodo. Both systems share the same Basics (12 Kihon). The differences are in the Kata (12 in Seitei Jodo, and 64 in SMR), and the training with other weapons arts besides the Jo and the Sword (Tachi) in Shindo Muso Ryu (in the 64 SMR Kata). The ZNKR Jodo organization is by far the largest international Jodo organization. Very few books are available on Jodo. Jodo is taught worldwide, but newer literature in English is hard to get. Most of the literature is in Japanese.The Notebook is made to fill this gap in literature. The author is co-writer with George W. Alexander of The Dictionary of Japanese Martial Arts, and illustrator of The Way of White Crane Karate, both from Yamazato Productions.

Budo Mind and Body

A delightful book on the Mugai style of iaido, illustrated with simple, hand-drawn figures that clearly convey the ideas of the author. Craig explains the basics of Mugai-Ryu, and also offers a liberal dose of samurai culture through ...

Budo Mind and Body

A no-nonsense guide to the mind-body training necessary for budo, the study of traditional Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation—from a sixth-degree black belt and iaido teacher Budo is about learning more than how to fight; true budo is a way of seeking and uncovering meaning in life. Here, Nicklaus Suino, one of the leading iaido teachers in North America, gives expert advice on how to get the most from training in traditional Japanese martial arts such as iaido, kendo, aikido, judo, kyudo, and karate-do. He reveals the essential components of budo training, including how to: • determine the principles behind techniques • develop physical strength, technical strength and strength of character • discipline your mind to really focus and be in the present moment

Black Belt

Another, Sakemochi Tsuji, originator of the Mugai-ryu, insisted that "the art of swordsmanship, while teaching us to overcome an opponent, (also) holds value for everyday life." While the philosophies of men like Tsukahara, Yagyu, ...

Black Belt

The oldest and most respected martial arts title in the industry, this popular monthly magazine addresses the needs of martial artists of all levels by providing them with information about every style of self-defense in the world - including techniques and strategies. In addition, Black Belt produces and markets over 75 martial arts-oriented books and videos including many about the works of Bruce Lee, the best-known marital arts figure in the world.

Blade of the Immortal

... a serving wench, but one expected to perform Sexual favors on the Side Mugai-ryu: sword school of the Akagi assassins; literally, " without form" Mutenichi-ryti: sword school led by Rin's father Naito Shinjuku: at the time, ...

Blade of the Immortal

It is said that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, but couldn't he just be another enemy? Rin and her bodyguard, the immortal swordsman Manji, need to know the answer when they visit the headquarters of the mysterious Akagi assassins -- led by the beautiful and deadly Hyakurin -- who are out for vengeance against the Itto-Ryu, the rogue sword-school of Anotsu Kagehisa, the man responsible for the murder of Rin's parents. Can Rin and Manji hold to their own course once they've agreed to join forces with the misfit band of killers? end .product-description

Blade of the Immortal The gathering

Rin, have lost their best chance to avenge the death of Rin's parents at the hands of Anotsu Kagehisa's renegade sword school, the deadly Itto-ryu. Manji and Rin's alliance with the mysterious Mugai-ryu assassins has failed, ...

Blade of the Immortal  The gathering

Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality and to rid his eternal suffering and lift the curse, he must slay one thousand enemies, and his quest begins with a young girl who seeks revenge on her parents' killers.