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Cutting Targets With The Japanese Sword: Practical Tameshigiri and Battodo [Kindle Edition]

Richard Babin , Bob Elder
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Book Description

Richard Babin demonstrates the arts of test cutting (tameshigiri) and sworsmanship (battodo). With co-author, Sensei Bob Elder, founder and president of the US Federation of Battodo and the US Federation of Toyama Ryu, Babin covers every aspect of the test-cutting process, including the selection of an appropriate blade, the construction of targets and stands, and the mechanics of cutting, all while emphasizing safety and proper attitude. This invaluable guide also teaches modern swordsmen how to completely rehabilitate a military sword for use in cutting, including straightening, sharpening and polishing the blade and making a new handle and scabbard.

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About the Author

Richard W. Babin, BS, M.D., is a practising surgeon who served two years active duty in the USAF as chief of head and neck surgery at Maxwell Field during the Vietnam conflict. His interest in the martial arts began with several years of judo in the 1960s in San Francisco.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20474 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (1 Nov. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAM6P5Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,333,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good information 22 Jun. 2014
Format:Paperback
This book contains a lot of good information about the subject of cutting exercises with the Japanese sword. The author writes well and clearly has a lot of knowledge that he does a good job of sharing.

The focus of the book is on the Japanese sword, but the author draws links with some of the European swords and methods of use; he uses some historical and modern sources to support his statements about European swords, and although not every assertion is correct, I was pleasantly surprised at the reasonable accuracy with which he treated European martial history.

The author devotes some considerable space and ink to discussing the mechanics behind cutting, with pictures and diagrams to help illustrate his words. Some of the mechanics seem a little unusual, for example his preferred angle of edge alignment, but this may be a preference of his school or tradition. Nonetheless, his mechanics appear to work successfully in practice.

In a few places the author goes to some considerable lengths to explain concepts, which is greatly appreciated, but unfortunately fails to summarise the concepts briefly. It would be helpful to have a basic summary/introduction of a concept in order to gain an overall picture of what the concept entails, as well as the details.

There is a lot of contextual and related material to do with Japanese history, weapons and culture as well as the topic of cutting.

In summary, definitely a textbook that is worth having for reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good background for people wanting to study Tameshigiri 25 Aug. 2013
By Roninkan com - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good read and helps to emphasize and teach a great foundation in japanese swordsmanship. I would have given it 5 stars but I think that they need to update this book for 2013. Some key items have changed in terms of technology and accessibility of swords and wara. Color images and if the book was less wordy (meaning if the author stuck to the books topic more closely) could have helped but these are small things and the extra info is actually very nice to have.
If you are a cutter I think its a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 10 Jun. 2007
By Gusadius - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who is trying to find out more about the proper way to cut with a Japanese sword, I found this book very informative and interesting. The presentation of the information is systematic and comprehensive. The topic covered moves from a short history to the mechanics of cutting and the introduction of some basic positions and care to preparation of cutting targets.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Targets With the Japanese Sword 4 May 2007
By Elizabeth Dawneen Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've found this book facinating and filled with the Ancient Japanese Customs as well as the gift of grace and respect in the use of the sword only done with the best of experience and knowledge in the use and care of the sword. As well as those who master them. This is a wonderful book.

Elizabeth Jordan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 12 Jun. 2013
By J. Yin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has tons of good information, cover from history to techniques and some more. You won't regret buying it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 23 Mar. 2007
By William T. Pottle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a fantastic and comprehensive book covering many issues of sword care that are not found in most books on the subject. There is also a wealth of pictures, diagrams, and historical information, including quite a bit of information about the underlying physics behind sword cutting. This book is a must for serious enthuiasts.

Bill Pottle, Author of DreamQuest.
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