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Samurai Swordsmanship 1: Basic Sword Program [DVD] [2008]

Masayuki Shimabukuro , Carl E. Long    Exempt   DVD
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Product details

  • Actors: Masayuki Shimabukuro, Carl E. Long
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bayview Films
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017TCSLW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,255 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Samurai Swordsmanship features Black Belt Hall of Fame member Masayuki Shimabukuro (Weapons Instructor of the Year, 2006) and his senior student, Carl E. Long, demonstrating and explaining the history, construction, rituals and techniques associated with the samurai sword. Volume 1 covers basic concepts and features interviews with both instructors. Topics include mat cutting, forms, uniform care, sword etiquette, cleaning your weapon, thrusts, drawing and sheathing the sword and much more.

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I've seen many iaido books and videos and sets and this is still my favorite one. This volume goes over basic techniques and principles that are essential to the art, from how to hold the sword to the basic drawing and sheathing techniques. It also covers some etiquette, construction of the sword and its parts, cutting straw mats, and a bit of history. I own the earlier five volume series that Hanshi did back in the 90s also, and that's worth picking up too and has all the waza series, from basic to advanced. Overall a fine video that will help you get started in your iaido studies, or to help you review if you already have an instructor. --Google

This is a great companion DVD for Flashing Steel, 2nd edition: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship. It covers Nukitsuke, Furikaburi, Kirioroshi, Chiburi, Noto, Tameshigiri. It also has two 2 person exercises. Production values are first rate, the demonstrations are masterful, and the voice "acting" is acceptably good. --Google

This is a great companion DVD for Flashing Steel, 2nd edition: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship. It covers Nukitsuke, Furikaburi, Kirioroshi, Chiburi, Noto, Tameshigiri. It also has two 2 person exercises. Production values are first rate, the demonstrations are masterful, and the voice "acting" is acceptably good. --Google


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 Jan 2014
By Kevin
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This Dvd is amazing, very informative and easy to follow, a real help and interesting for any serious martial artist
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3.0 out of 5 stars preasnt 10 Feb 2013
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i got this bok for my son who thiks its great, it was deliverd before the due date and was just as descibed
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4.0 out of 5 stars A beginners opinion 11 Feb 2010
I'm a novice and haven't practiced kendo or any other swordsmanship,
except self-training DVD's about saber, cutlass, machete and longsword.
This DVD was quite good as an introduction, and showed the basics of gripping the sword,
sheathing it, strikes, all the basic postures, etc. All of them explained well.
It went ahead and shoved some drills and kama's. It didn't go into how to parry blows, even tough you do this in the drills.
For a beginner, it had a lot to teach me, and it will take a long time to master all the drills it shows,
even how to sheath the sword properly, escpecially the fast way.

It is a different layout than my saber fencing DVD f.ex, which went into 1.on stance 2. footwork 3.strikes 4.parries, and then more advanced stuff. Here there is not much on footwork, but it does explain a little. On stance/postures are well portrayed, and several strikes, but no parries or even any mention of them except with one sentence in the drills.
All in all this intro was adequate, not exceptional, but if vol. 2 can be bought for a good price I will get that too.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
109 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by an average joe. 4 Jan 2010
By Charles L. Atkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, so I'd had a couple of swords hanging on my wall for a while now. Both very good and combat ready, but I didn't know the first thing about how to use 'em. Yeah, we've all seen the Samurai movies, and those guys make it look so easy, right? However, I'm not gonna start swinging around a sharp blade without first learning something about it. So I thought this was a solid investment.

After watching the first little bit (Blah, blah, sword terminology, yadda, yadda, tradition, etc.)I started learning. And learning a lot. First and foremost, what I was doing WRONG. Now it had my attention.

Yes, this is a "Basics" DVD. They're not gonna make you an instant badass off of one video. This is the building blocks of it all, like, oh, for instance, HOW TO HOLD A SWORD IN THE FIRST PLACE! You'd be amazed how many are doing it wrong. Even in those fancy samurai movies. Hell, I was doing it wrong! This is some seriously great stuff. If you're looking to learn how to take care of your sword, know your sword, and know how to USE your sword, this is a great buy. I'm looking forward to getting the next two as well.

.......When I've got the basics down. :)
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way 11 Nov 2009
By magellan - Published on Amazon.com
This video deals with the MJER (muso jikiden eishen-ryu) style of iaido, which is probably the most popular and has a very large number of kata (around 60, and even more if one includes the jodo techniques and waza), providing great diversity and range in the techniques and waza.

I am primarily an instructor of other arts (Kali & JKD), but earned my black belt under Hanshi Shimabukuru a few years back. I wanted to get some knowledge and skill in this famous art even though my main interests lay elsewhere.

I'm glad I did, and that I hooked up with Hanshi's organization. It's a class act in every way, from the quality of the instruction to the people involved, who have always been very professional and dedicated in their desire to disseminate the art of iaido. To help with that end Hanshi came out with this volume.

I've seen many iaido books and videos and sets and this is still my favorite one. This volume goes over basic techniques and principles that are essential to the art, from how to hold the sword to the basic drawing and sheathing techniques. It also covers some etiquette, construction of the sword and its parts, cutting straw mats, and a bit of history. I own the earlier five volume series that Hanshi did back in the 90s also, and that's worth picking up too and has all the waza series, from basic to advanced. Overall a fine video that will help you get started in your iaido studies, or to help you review if you already have an instructor.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion for Flashing Steel 26 April 2009
By shuTTL3bus - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great companion DVD for Flashing Steel, 2nd edition: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship.

It covers Nukitsuke, Furikaburi, Kirioroshi, Chiburi, Noto, Tameshigiri. It also has two 2 person exercises.

Production values are first rate, the demonstrations are masterful, and the voice "acting" is acceptably good.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 30 April 2012
By Sara Jayne - Published on Amazon.com
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Great dvd. Good for beginners. Would have rated higher but no footwork is shown to better improve stances. hoping second disk covers more.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Instruction for Real Swordsmaship 9 April 2009
By Gregory Richards - Published on Amazon.com
This video is for those who want to learn the correct method of Japanese Swordsmanship. Not the flashy stuff you see in movies or at a Karate tournament. Swordsmanship is about the little things such as distance, timing and get this .... PROPER TECHNIQUE! If you want to learn what was taught 400 years ago, in the time honored tradition then this is the DVD for you. They will take you step by step, show, explain and demonstrate everthing you will need to become a swordsman. If you want to look like some anime character, then sorry, this is not for you!
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