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Spirit of the Sword Iaido, Kendo, and Test Cutting with the Japanese Sword

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ISBN-10: 1583945423

ISBN-13: 9781583945421

Edition: 2013

Authors: Nakamura Taisaburo, Gavin J. Poffley, Tomoko Nakamura, John Maki Evans

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Nakamura Taisaburo's landmark book on the art of the sword includes technical information, thoughtful analysis, and fascinating recollections of his own training and teaching. One of the most famous Japanese swordsmen of the twentieth century, Nakamura is widely acknowledged as the preeminent reinvigorator of the practice oftameshigiri(test cutting) as a test of technical and spiritual mastery.The Spirit of the Sword--first published in Japanese in 1980, now translated into English for the first time--is regarded by many as the most complete of Nakamura's writings on Japanese swordsmanship. Here Nakamura instructs the reader on the integration of iaido, kendo, and tameshigiri; the correct…    
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 3/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 7.05" wide x 9.65" long x 0.98" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

John Maki Evans teaches yoga and battodo in London. He is the director of the Islington Yoga School, which teaches Shadow Yoga, and is head teacher of the Fudokan Battodo dojo, affiliated with the International Battodo Federation. He lives in London.

Important Events in the Life of Nakamura Taisaburo
Translator's Comments
Kobudo and Shu-ha-ri
The Integration of Iaido, Kendo, and Tameshigiri
The Correct Mental Attitude Toward the Japanese Sword
The Japanese Sword as a Weapon
Essential Knowledge Concerning the Japanese Sword
Training with the Tanrenbo
The Fundamentals and Application of Tameshigri
Toyama Ryu Iaido (Formerly Gunto No Soho)
Toyama Ryu Kumitachi (Kata)
Nakamura Ryu Battojutsu (Kata)
Nakamura Ryu Kumitachi (Kata)
Handling and Maintaining the Japanese Sword
Examples of Instructing Tameshigiri and Sword-Related Injuries
A Life of Tameshigiri and a Record of the Restoration of the Hayashizaki Iai Shrine
Various Anecdotes Concerning Tameshigiri
All-Japan Toyama Ryu Tameshigiri Tournament
Original Forewords
The Truth behind the Schism in the Zen Nihon Iaido Renmei
About the Author
About the Translator