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Flashing Steel: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordmanship [Paperback]

Leonard J. Pellman , Masayuki Shimabukuro
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31 Oct 1994
This book is much more than an introductory guide to Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu. It manages to emphasize a melding of the Eastern philosophy and the technique of the art, in a marvelously eloquent yet concise manner. Flashing Steel describes and pictures forty-two kata (formal training patterns) which govern this system, with ten partner exercises applying iadid principles in realistic attack and defense systems. These kata are also widely practiced by students of kendo, aikido, and other martial arts which use swordsmanship.

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (31 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883319188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883319182
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Flashing Steel should be of interest to ANY martial artist, because we have included philosophy and theory applicable to all martial arts.

Flashing Steel contains the COMPLETE system of Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu, along with practice drills and cutting technique.

Remember: true martial arts are about life and death . . . . and the two are inseparable. Flashing Steel not only teaches you about training in samurai swordsmanship, but how to have a samurai attitude and achieve victory in all areas of your life.

The authors welcome your views and comments. Our addresses are listed in the book.


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect... 4 July 2004
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I just want to point out how clear and detailed this book is, from the early chapters that detail the mental attitude that is required for good swordsmanship, through to actual techniques. I was extremely impressed.
The photographs are detailed, and deal with difficult techniques by shifting between camera angles, ensuring that the reader always has a clear and sound understanding of whats going on. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words, but to a good teacher, a thousand words is certainly not too much trouble. Certain finer details concerning technique are always described, sometimes at length, but always with that enthuisiasm that makes reading it a pleasure.
The authors start by explaining the mentality of a good swordsman, then move to techniques. This is quite normal for a book of this kind, where it truly differs is towards the end... Detailing iaijutsu tournaments, and how best to conduct, judge and regulate such events. The final part is the most pleasing, as it suggests ways to truly intergrate the ideals of the iaijutsu arts into your day to day living. Provoking contemplation, reflection and inspiration, in very much the same way as a good martial arts teacher does.
I could write much more about this book, but really, it just needs to be read. Why do I only give it 4 stars? In the spirit of all true martial paths, perfect is never good enough. I believe the authors are sure to write a book that betters even this astounding effort. Until then...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can i say... 11 Mar 2004
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Well what can i say that could give this book the justice it deserves. Well planned, well layed out, and extremely informative.
This book is a serious must for any practitioner of Iaido or even, to a degree, Kendo
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The MUST HAVE Iai companion 16 Nov 2001
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It's got something for everyone: If you want to look at the pictures, its got great pictures. If you are just starting Iai,it helps you remember the waza and kata. If you have got a bit of experience and want to learn something new about Iai, it has the history of swordsmanship, the beginings of Iaido, and an explaination of the importance of distance and intensity, as well as how to respond to mistakes and learn from them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start 14 Dec 2002
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Flashing steel is a great place to start for anyone studying or thinking about studying Japanese sword technique.
I struggled to find Korean Sword form material, and since Japanese and Korean swordmanship have influenced each other so dramatically, found this a very useful reference piece.
Flashing steel not only provides useful photos and form/kata references, it introduces the metaphysical as well.
There will alwys be the debate between Korean and Japanese sword styles, and who influenced who. Setting aside the politics and accepting the influence each had on the other, Flashing Steel provides any swordsman a useful insight to their art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into Iaijutsu 6 Jan 1999
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Excellent content, well written the book follows a logical progression with good photographs to highlight specific area's of the techniques. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Kenjitsu or Iaijutsu
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