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Intrinsic Values Of The Japanese Sword
Intrinsic Values Of The Japanese Sword
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The famed samurai sword (nihonto) represents the pinnacle of bladed weaponry in the Japanese warrior’s arsenal. This book addresses the sword’s intrinsic historic, monetary, military, and artistic values.The seven chapters for this particular anthology were selected from materials published in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.
Musings Of A Budo Bum   SIGNED COPY
Musings Of A Budo Bum SIGNED COPY
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"The techniques are really a vessel for carrying all the things that are budo..." Most books about martial arts (budo) focus on techniques, although some tell the history, and a few wax philosophical. It is rare indeed to discover a book that so fluently combines all this within the broader context of culture and lifestyle, and does so in such a humble, engaging, and accessible way. "Budo Bum Anthology" is a book that answers not so much "how" or "what" as it does "why?" Why call budo teachers "sensei"? Why do we bow? Why kata? Why keep training? Peter Boylan, aka the Budo Bum, has achieved high rank in several martial arts — judo, iaido, jodo, and more—spending decades immersed within budo, straddling the worlds and cultures of Japan and America, and translating between them. In these essays, the reader is invited to walk alongside a quiet man who thinks deeply about the worlds in which budo was created and is practiced, and who brings the meaning of "all the things that are budo" into our daily lives.

Getting Started
Do you have to study in Japan to understand budo?
Etiquette: Form and sincerity in budo
Sensei, Kyoshi, Hanshi, and Shihan: budo titles and how (not) to use them
Different ranks in martial arts?
Do versus Jutsu
What kata isn’t
Trust in the dojo
Training, motivation, and counting training time in decades instead of years
The most effective martial art
The dojo as the world: learning to deal with violence and power
Budo and responsibility
Investing in failure
The spirit of learning
Training hard and training well are not the same thing
When it comes to training, fast is slow and slow is fast
Getting out of the comfort zone
There are no advanced techniques
The most essential principles in budo: Structure
The most essential principles in budo: Spacing
The most essential principles in budo: Timing
The only things I teach are how to walk and how to breathe
Budo expectations and realities: understanding the limits of what we study
Will budo training make me a better person?
Budo as a “professional skill” and professionalism in budo
Budo training and budo philosophy
How to adapt an art form to fit you
Is kata too rigid and mechanical?

166 Pages. Softcover. English Language.

Women And Asian Martial Traditions
Women And Asian Martial Traditions
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This anthology is filled with content specifically selected for readers who have a strong interest in women’s participation in the Asian martial traditions. In addition to combative theory and practice, topics include aspects of theatrical performance, music, dance, gender studies, and insights for embodying philosophical elements into daily life. The twelve chapters that were written by noted authorities will certainly educate and inspire. These focus on the martial traditions of Japan, China, India, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Aikido Exercises For Teaching And Training
Aikido Exercises For Teaching And Training
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Exercises, tools, and toys for illustrating and honing basic Aikido skills from rolling to specific techniques, with extensive cross-referencing to other writers, other styles, other resources. Page references are provided to standard Aikido textbooks.

Our Dynamic Sphere translation table translates the notoriously unwieldy numbering system of the otherwise excellent Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere (used by Aikikai and Ki Society styles) into more common dojo terms complete with page references. For example, in real life, "Immobilization #2 against Attack #1" is better known as Katate-tori nikyo. Find this throw on page 180 of Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere or get details on nikyo itself on pages 174-177. You will also be referred to pages 96-97 of Total Aikido (used by Yoshinkan styles).

Aikido Exercises begins with a collection of common beginners' questions, general directions on class etiquette, explanations of hitori waza / aiki taiso / exercises) and their application to individual techniques, with useful tools for learning and understanding the Japanese terms.

A Brief Ki Class reviews the physics and psychology behind the mystifying ki exercises -- and Aikido techniques. Includes excerpts from Ki in Aikido.

Rolling, Falling, and Flying provides a different slant on Real Self-Defense, and suggestions for safe and effective teaching and leaning of rolling skills. Many readers have commented on this section, especially The Physics of Ukemi by forensic pathologist Wendy Gunther. In Dr. Gunther's world, the intersecting effects of time, force, and affected surface area on bodies are known as "wounding energy."

"I've been looking for that information for 20 years," said one reader. And a writer working on a Hapkido manual wrote to ask permission to reproduce it in its entirety. "I tried to rephrase it," he said, "but could not. [Her essay] is simply the best explanation on the planet of the physics of ukemi."

Resources includes an annotated bibliography of suggested books and films, suppliers, and organizations. For the studies that everyone knows about but can't find (such as the anatomy of wristlocks or Bad Guys sizing up potential victims in 7 seconds by their walk) you may find it here.

Off the Mat in Real Life features a section on verbal self-defense by Dr. Suzette Elgin. Trouble with the boss at work? You know very well that the answer is not a round-house kick or face plant. The late Dr. Elgin, a professor of linguistics and master of verbal self-defense, provides real tools for real self-defense in Real Life.

Glossary of Japanese Terms includes derivations and etymology of words by Japanese Aikidoist Chizuko Suzuki. Chizuko is the lovely lady on the first edition cover (the blue book) and thanks to her, this is not just another derivative copy of a copy of a copy of an old dojo handout.

The Sword In Japanese Martial Traditions
The Sword In Japanese Martial Traditions
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If the Way of the warrior is the soul of Japan, their magnificent swords were the tools utilized form the nation and forge their spirit. You'll find an abundance of information in this special anthology. The twelve chapters by respected sword scholars such as Deborah Klens-BIgman and Kim Taylor bring a wealth of detail and understanding to the traditions of the Japanese sword.

6x9 paperback, 206 pages, 187 illustrations

Table of Contents
  • Swordsmanship and Neo-Confucianism: The Tengu’s Art, by Jonathan Seckler, B.A.
  • The History of Iaido: A Japanese Sword Art, by Kimberley Taylor, M.Sc.
  • How to Watch Iaido, by Nicklaus Suino, M.A.
  • An Interview with Japanese Sword Instructor Haruna Matsuo, by Kimberley Taylor, M.Sc.
  • The Omori-ryu: A History and Explanation, by Kimberley Taylor, M.Sc. and Goyo Ohmi
  • Kindred Spirits: The Art of the Sword in Germany and Japan, by S. Matthew Galas, Esq.
  • Amateur Saya Craft: Scabbards in the Making, by Richard W. Babin, Ed.D.
  • A Proper Upbringing: Kendo in Canada 1900-1950, by Joseph R. Svinth, M.A.
  • Properly Gripping the Sword in Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido, by Nicklaus Suino, M.A.
  • Eishin-ryu’s Poetic Tradition for Transmitting Secrets of Swordsmanship, by Andrew J. Bryant, B.A.
  • Muso Shinden-ryu Iaido, by Deborah Klens-Bigman, Ph.D.
  • Niten Ichi-ryu and Shinto-ryu, by Kimberley Taylor, M.Sc.

Obi - Easy-tie Obi
Obi - Easy-tie Obi
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These iaido obi are made of padded, stitched material throughout their
length, except for the last foot on each end. This allows them to be
easily tied, and they make a much smaller knot under your hakama than
the traditional belts. These have become the most commonly used style of
belt among iaido practicioners in Japan because they so easy to use.
370 cm x 6.3 cm (147" by 2.5"). 250 grams
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu by Shiigi Munenori
Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu by Shiigi Munenori
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This book is by 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. Profusely illustrated, this book shows Katori Shinto Ryu iai, kenjutus, bojutsu, naginata, ryoto, kodachi, sojutsu (spear), kaiken, as well as some iai from Takeuchi Ryu and some Kashima Shinto Ryu bojutsu that has become attached to the Shiigi family line. Also included are teaching poems from the family tradition.

175 pages. Soft cover. Japanese language with English Language supplement.
Okamoto Seigo: Aiki Decided In An Instant Daito Ryu
Okamoto Seigo: Aiki Decided In An Instant Daito Ryu
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Seigo Okamoto Sensei was the founder of the Daito Ryu Roppokai. A student of Horikawa Kodo Sensei, he among the finest practitioners of Daito Ryu. This book collects detailed photographs of techniques with interviews and explanations from magazine articles and interviews done by Okamoto Sensei.

Table of Contents
Section 1
4 Seigo Okamoto's Techniques - Basics to Applications
10 Aikiage Sage
12 Ryote Mae Otoshi
14 Ryote Mune Tsukami
16 Kashiwa Te Kote Gaeshi
20 Aiki Seme
22 Soto Te Tsukami Koshi Seme
24 Tegatana Nage
26 Ryote Gamen Uchi
28 Morote Dori Nage
30 Aiki Koshi Nage
32 Kata Aiki Zenpo Nage
34 Ushiro Ryote Zenpo Nage
36 Two Man Morte Zenpo Otoshi
38 Bo - Aiki Zenpo Nage
40 Aiki Kata Ashi Nage
42 Aiki Principles Done Wth Bo
44 Touch Aiki Principles

Section 2
48 Technical Principles

Section 3
60 Aiki At The First Touch

Section 4
74 Footprints
History of Okamoto Sensei

Section 5
86 Interview with Okamoto Sensei's Students

Section 6
94 Techniques Seen Through High Speed Camera
97 Two Circle Movement
99 Straight Down Kuzushi Through Aiki Sage
100 Kashiwa Te Kote Gaeshi
104 Touch Aiki - Kiri Sage
105 Touch Aiki - Nade Age
110 Ushiro Dori

Section 7
136 Okamoto Sensei and Great Budoka

Section 8
158 Return to Aikiage From Circle to Point

Section 9
172 Interview with Okamoto Sensei

186 Pages. Soft cover. Japanese Language
Ideology Of the Sword: A Spiritual History of Japanese Culture
Ideology Of the Sword: A Spiritual History of Japanese Culture
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The history and culture of the Japanese sword stretches back more than a thousand years. In this excellent volume from the Nippon Budokan discover the rich mix of mythology, legend and philosophy that enshroud the Japanese sword. Author Toshinobu Sakai leads us through the history of these ideas beginning in ancient China and coming all the way to the present. A fascinating read for anyone interested in the history, legends and philosophy of Japanese swords

267 pages. Soft Cover. English Language

Strategy and The Art of Peace Katori Shinto Ryu
Strategy And The Art Of Peace: Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto Ryu
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Dating back more than 600 years, Tenshinsho-Den Katori Shinto Ryu is one of the oldest martial arts in existence. Head teacher, Otake Risuke Shihan here explains many of the elements and previously secret elements that combine to make this powerful art. The main sections of the book are

Our History
Technical Curriculum
Strategic Curriculum

At 265 pages, this is a unique look in to one of the great budo of Japan and a worthwhile book for anyone serious about Japanese budo.

265 pages. Soft Cover. English Language.