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Introduction To Japanese Swordsmith
Introduction To Japanese Swordsmith
Our Price: $39.95

The Japanese sword is one of the greatest steel works of art the world has ever known.  For over a thousand years people have marvelled at the efficiency and beauty of Japanese swords and the skill of the men who make them.  In this DVD watch, Japanese sword researcher Paul Martin as he is guided through the swordmaking process by swordsmith Ozawa Shigenori as he works to produce a traditional kogatana using the traditional techniques of Japanese swordsmiths.

Contents include:
* Forming the block
* The folding process
* Forming the blade
* Clay application
* The quenching process

30 Minutes.  All region NTSC DVD. Japanese and English languages.
Battodo Tameshigiri  (Japanese sword test cutting)
Batto Tameshigiri
Our Price: $49.95

Filmed at the 13th Annual International Battodo Federation's All Japan Tournament, this video includes 84 minutes showing numerous grandmasters of the Battodo demonstrating battodo and tameshigiri (test cutting with a live Japanese sword).  Also included are demonstrations of Toyama Ryu and Nakamura Ryu swordsmanship.  The are the finest teachers and swordsmen of the International Battodo Federation demonstrating their finest form.  84 minutes.  Japanese language. All Region NTSC DVD.

CONTENTS
Solo Kata Demonstration
Kumitachi (2 person forms)
SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION: Toyama Ryu Battodo Kata, Nakamura Ryu Battodo, Kumitachi, Happo Giri (8 Direction cutting)
Tameshigiri (test cutting)
Team Tameshigiri cutting
Also includes footage of Nakamura Taisaburo.
Shingyoto Ryu Kenjutsu
Kenjutsu And Kata Keiko: Shingyoto Ryu
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Shingyoto Ryu is one of the classical martial arts styles of Japan.  Founded in 1682, it include kenjutsu, iai and naginata, and has been practiced continuously for more than 325 years.  This DVD by Shingyoto Ryu Daihyo Shihan Nagano Junichi delves deep into the foundations of their kenjutsu.

CONTENTS

BASICS
The meaning of "Shugyo"
What is proper conduct
The meaning of kata training
"Mamoru" and "Ha"

SHINGYOTO KATA TRAINING
Demonstration of the 6 Shoden kata
A detailed look at 1 kata
    Introduction to the procedures
    Stances
    Foot positions
    Movement
    Uchitachi and Shitachi
A deeper look at the kata "Ha"
    From connection to meeting
    Hip position
    Komi and Hanmi
    Spacing
    Standard and reverse
    Regarding kiai

Ettiquete
The meaning within Kata

84 minutes.  Japanese Language.  All Region NTSC DVD
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu Volume 1
Our Price: $49.95

Munenori Shiigi, a remarkable teacher of Japanese martial arts. A 7th dan in Kodokan Judo, he learned his family art of Shinto RIkugo Ryu jujutsu as well as Katori Shinto Ryu from his father, and later earned a kyoshi license in the main line of Katori Shinto Ryu from Otake Risuke. Here he presents his family's line of Katori Shinto Ryu from his father Shiigi Keibun. Their family has been connected with the Katori and Kashima Shrines for centuries. The Shiigi family has a remarkable and unique relationship with Japanese oldest budo systems. In this exceptional book Shiigi Sensei shares some of that with us. In this, the first of 2 remarkable DVDs, Shiige Sensei shares his art with the world.

Content
Iai - reiho and 17 kata
Kenjutsu - kamae and 7 kata
Bo Jutsu - swinging techniques and 12 kata
Training and personal development method
Ways of defense against bladed weapons

61 minutes. All region NTSC DVD. Japanese language
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu Volume 2
Our Price: $49.95

Munenori Shiigi, a remarkable teacher of Japanese martial arts. A 7th dan in Kodokan Judo, he learned his family art of Shinto RIkugo Ryu jujutsu as well as Katori Shinto Ryu from his father, and later earned a kyoshi license in the main line of Katori Shinto Ryu from Otake Risuke. Here he presents his family's line of Katori Shinto Ryu from his father Shiigi Keibun. Their family has been connected with the Katori and Kashima Shrines for centuries. The Shiigi family has a remarkable and unique relationship with Japanese oldest budo systems. In this exceptional book Shiigi Sensei shares some of that with us. In this, the second of 2 remarkable DVDs, Shiige Sensei shares his art with the world.

Content
Naginata Jutsu - 5 kata
Kenjutsu - 5 kata
Nito (2 sword) - 5 kata
Kodachi (short sword) - 3 kata
Sojutsu (spear) - 7 kata
Kenjutsu - 7 kata
Shuriken Jutsu - 5 kata
Jujutsu - 8 kata

49 minutes. All region NTSC DVD. Japanese language
The Ancient Techniques and Spirit Of the Japanese Sword - A Modern Challenge
The Ancient Techniques and Spirit Of the Japanese Sword - A Modern Challenge
Our Price: $58.95

The Kansai, Chugoku and Shikoku branches of the All Japan Swordsmith Association video taped the forging of a Sue-Bizen  style sword in Osafune, a town famous for sword making, employing traditional methods.  The Japanese sword is artistic craftwork based on functional beauty that has developed over a period of more than 1000 years.  The beauty in the well-honed shape of the sword is the straightforward expression of the noble and powerful spirit of the warrior, and the pure and bright spirit of the Japanese people.

Although the public can visit art galleries and museums to see swords that have been completed, there are few opportunities for them to see what modern swordsmiths have brought down from past generations.  It is our great hope tha many people will have the opportunity to view this video to witness the entire process of sword making from the first step, the creation of Tamahagane, to the final polishing of the completed sword, and deepen their understanding of the beauty of the Japanese sword and the skills required to create it.

32 minutes.  English and Japanese Language tracks.
Token - The World of Masters
Token - The World of Masters
Our Price: $58.95

The Murakumokai - a group of 8 Japanese swordswmiths who gathered for a workshop organized by The Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords at Oku Izumo.  The swordsmiths reveal the beauty of their masterpieces, a total of 15 magnificent swords, with vivid clarity in pictures chosen from among 70 hours of material captured by film professionals.  You can see the swords as these master smiths see them, the jitetsu and the hamon.  In addition, throughout the video the features fo the Japanese sword, such as nie, nioi, kinsuji and utsuri are explained.  This film is a valuable textbook of the features of the Japanese swordand the skill and passion of the modern Japanese swordsmith.

Featuring swords by:
* Fujiwara Kanefusa
* Ogawa Kanekuni
* Mikami Sadanao
* Sugita Yoshiaki
* Hayasaka Nobumasa
* Kubo Yoshihiro
* Tsubochi Tetsuya
* Matsuba Kunimasa

47 Minutes.  Japanese and English Language tracks.
Jissen ZenKenRen Iai Explained
Jissen ZenKenRen Iai Explained
Our Price: $125.00

Kawaguchi Shungen, 8th dan Hanshi in the All Japan Kendo Federation, explains the 12 iai kata of the AJKF in detail. He breaks down the kata and explains clearly what is happening and what the student is doing in each kata. A real treasure by one of the great masters of AJKF Iai.

Japanese Language. All Region NTSC DVD.