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The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship: Manual of Eishi&hellip by Nicklaus Suino
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! I loved it!, 13 Nov 2002
This book, you must understand, was written with Iaido practitioners in mind and is inadequate for anyone wanting to learn killing techniques. To understand this book, the reader should have some understanding of Iaido's history. At the height of Samurai power and the golden age of martial arts, anything to do with the sword came under Ken-jutsu. But it was in the 16th/17th century that a Samurai named Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu who started a school called Muso Jikiden-ryu and began teaching an art called Batto-jutsu. In time, this art came to be known as Iai-jutsu, although there was no major difference in the techniques. Some schools continue, to this day, to call it Batto-jutsu or… Read more
The Martial Artist's "Book of Five Rings": The Def&hellip by Stephen F. Kaufman
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The original of this book was written by Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest swordsman ever to walk the earth, right up there with Tsukahara Bokuden and Yagyu Munenori. Miyamoto Musashi was not only a master at the noble art of Ken-jutsu (Art of the Sword and predecessor of Kendo) but also an artist, philosopher and calligraphist. The embodiment of the perfect Samurai.
Unfortunately, his most famous book Gorin-no-sho (Book of the Five Rings) can be interpreted in a variety of ways and it takes a swordsman (not a Karateka like the author, whatever the grade he holds) to understand it as it was meant to be. The author has, in this book interpreted it from the point of view of martial arts in… Read more

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