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Katsujinken Magazine Volume 5
Katsujinken Magazine Volume 5
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Katsujinken Magazine is the premier magazine devoted to the classical sword arts.  Usually focusing on the Japanese sword arts, volume 5 focuses on the sword arts of Europe.  This issue has articles on the weapons and techniques of the sword from Roman Empire to the Vikings to dueling.  With articles about all of these, as well as information about where these arts are taught today, this issue has something for everyone interested in the sword arts.  


1. The Macedonian Wars: The Roman Gladius vs. the Sarissa by Erich Anderson

2. When East Meets West, part 1: Brian Stokes

3. Argument of the Stick, Irish Stick Fighting: Maxime Chouinard

4. Behind the Cover, Photo by Gioacchino Sparrone and write up on The Three Knights, Claudio Canepa

5. Armizare: The Knightly Fighting Art of Medieval Italy: Gregory Mele

6. Swordsurfing: Marcus Hampel

7. The Illustraded Guide to Viking Martial Arts: Antony Cummins

8. Maestro Martino's Red Chickpea Soup: as interpreted by Ruth Frey

9. Making a Foil Grip: Chris Treichal

10. Freelance Academy Press interview with Katsujinken's Editor in Chief

11. Training schools, including spotlight on the Virginia Academy of Fencing.

12. Halstern Amour Fit for a Deed of Chivalry.

13. The Pedagogical Skill of Andre Lignitzer, a 15th Century Fencing Master. by Keith Farrell, Managing Director Triquetra Services (Scotland)

14. The Saber’s Many Travels (The Origins of the Cross-Cutting Art). Bartosz Sieniawski and Janusz Sieniawski
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.
Training Method for Fundamental Kendo Techniques with a a Bokuto
Training Method for Fundamental Kendo Techniques with a a Bokuto
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Method for Fundamental Kendo Techniques with a Bokuto is just what the title says.  It is a guide for practicing the fundamental movements and attacks fo kendo using bokuto.  It is an excellent introduction to the techniques of kendo.
Hiden Magazine April 2014 Gaijin Doing Budo In Japan
Hiden Magazine April 2014 Gaijin Doing Budo In Japan
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This special edition of HIDEN Magazine features articles and photos about non-Japanese studying budo in Japan, as well as interviews with several notable non-Japanese who have achieved the level of teachers in various styles. People featured include Kent Sorenson of Toda-Ha Buko Ryu, Richard William Heselton of the Nihon Karatedo Kyokai, Markus Fischer of Meifu Shinkage Ryu and Aikikai Aikido, There is an interview with Micheal Reinhardt of Katori Shinto Ryu, Lance Gatling of Kodokan Judo and Nihonden Jujutsu, Sandro Furzi of Tennen Rishin Ryu and Kodokan Judo, There is a wonderful article looking at the life and achievements of Donn Draeger, In addition there are many other articles about budo in Japan.

Large format magazine. 141 pages. Japanese language.
Katsujinken 6
Katsujinken 6
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Katsujinken Magazine is the premier magazine devoted to the classical Japanese sword arts.  Volume 6 looks at the arts of sword and those around it.  It includes articles on sword smithing, the swordsman who founded the modern Japanese police force in the 19th century, temari, and other topics.


Page 6: About the Cover, Kent Jensen

Page 7:  Editors Message, Jason Hatcher

Page 8:  A touch of Japanese Culture, Mina Tokuda

Page 11: The Sword of Kawaji Toshiyoshi, Kent Jensen

Page 14: Setsudan Mei Katana,  Mike Yamasaki

Page 18:  Spiritual Sword of Wudang, Hanade Abualburak

Page 23: Swordfest 2013 Pictorial, Eric Petterson and Fred McLaren

Page 29: Spirit of the Sword, Book Review, Jason Hatcher

Page 32: Pull out Baltimore Sword Show Poster

Page 35:  A Few Words about the Japanese Tsuba, Arkadiusz  Kultucki

Page 38 / 39:  Menkyo and Menkyo Kaiden

Page 40: Remembering Moments in Katsujinken History

Page 41: Guide to Artisitc Renditions in this Edition.

Page 42: Release Your Warrior Spirit, Mike Femal

Page 44: Zones of Attack in Persian Swordsmanship, Dr. Khorasani

Page 52:  Welcome to Leather Tsuba, Thomas Bengston

Page 54: Longpoint Competition Results

Page 56:  Falchions and the Maciejowski Bible, Erich B. Anderson

Page 59: Part Two and Completion of the Yoshihara Tradition, Paul Martin
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.
Nakayama Hakudo Kendo Kojutsushu
Nakayama Hakudo Kendo Kojutsushu
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Nakayama Hakudo was one of the greatest budo teachers of the 20th century.  The editor, Domoto Akihiko, has collected the verbal teachings of Nakayama Shihan to preserve them for future generations of students.  Based on conversations with Nakayama Zendo and Inamura Eiichi, this book covers all aspects of Nakayama Shihan's teachings.
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.

Nihonto Seishin To Battodo
Nihonto Seishin To Battodo
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Nihonto Seishin To Battodo is by Nakamura Taisaburo, one of the leading teachers of Toyama Ryu battodo, and a founder of the Battodo Federation.  This is a compendium of Nakamura Sensei's teaching, with chapters on using the tanren bo for training for sword arts, an excellent one the practice of tameshigiri (target cutting), plus detailed photos of the arts of Toyama Ryu and Nakamura Ryu battodo. There is one chapter showing the entire Toyama Ryu battodo syllabus, and individual chapters with detailed photos showing each of the kata sets of Nakamura Ryu: the Toho Kata, the Kumitachi Kata, and Katana Versus Yari Kumitachi. There is also a section on the life of Nakamura Sensei.
248 Pages. Hundreds of detail photographs. Japanese language.