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Samurai Swordmanship Vol. 1: Basic Sword Program by Masayuki Shimabukuro (2008)

Masayuki Shimabukuro , Carl E. Long , Black Belt Communications  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Masayuki Shimabukuro, Carl E. Long
  • Directors: Black Belt Communications
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017TCSLW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Samurai Swordsmanship from Black Belt Magazine features Black Belt Hall of Fame member Masayuki Shimabukuro (Weapons Instructor of the Year, 2006) and his senior student, Carl E. Long, demonstrating and explaining the history, construction, rituals and techniques associated with the samurai sword. Volume 1 covers basic concepts and features interviews with both instructors. Topics include mat cutting, forms, uniform care, sword etiquette, cleaning your weapon, thrusts, drawing and sheathing the sword and much more.

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109 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by an average joe. January 4, 2010
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Okay, so I'd had a couple of swords hanging on my wall for a while now. Both very good and combat ready, but I didn't know the first thing about how to use 'em. Yeah, we've all seen the Samurai movies, and those guys make it look so easy, right? However, I'm not gonna start swinging around a sharp blade without first learning something about it. So I thought this was a solid investment.

After watching the first little bit (Blah, blah, sword terminology, yadda, yadda, tradition, etc.)I started learning. And learning a lot. First and foremost, what I was doing WRONG. Now it had my attention.

Yes, this is a "Basics" DVD. They're not gonna make you an instant badass off of one video. This is the building blocks of it all, like, oh, for instance, HOW TO HOLD A SWORD IN THE FIRST PLACE! You'd be amazed how many are doing it wrong. Even in those fancy samurai movies. Hell, I was doing it wrong! This is some seriously great stuff. If you're looking to learn how to take care of your sword, know your sword, and know how to USE your sword, this is a great buy. I'm looking forward to getting the next two as well.

.......When I've got the basics down. :)
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way November 11, 2009
This video deals with the MJER (muso jikiden eishen-ryu) style of iaido, which is probably the most popular and has a very large number of kata (around 60, and even more if one includes the jodo techniques and waza), providing great diversity and range in the techniques and waza.

I am primarily an instructor of other arts (Kali & JKD), but earned my black belt under Hanshi Shimabukuru a few years back. I wanted to get some knowledge and skill in this famous art even though my main interests lay elsewhere.

I'm glad I did, and that I hooked up with Hanshi's organization. It's a class act in every way, from the quality of the instruction to the people involved, who have always been very professional and dedicated in their desire to disseminate the art of iaido. To help with that end Hanshi came out with this volume.

I've seen many iaido books and videos and sets and this is still my favorite one. This volume goes over basic techniques and principles that are essential to the art, from how to hold the sword to the basic drawing and sheathing techniques. It also covers some etiquette, construction of the sword and its parts, cutting straw mats, and a bit of history. I own the earlier five volume series that Hanshi did back in the 90s also, and that's worth picking up too and has all the waza series, from basic to advanced. Overall a fine video that will help you get started in your iaido studies, or to help you review if you already have an instructor.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion for Flashing Steel April 26, 2009
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This is a great companion DVD for Flashing Steel, 2nd edition: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship.

It covers Nukitsuke, Furikaburi, Kirioroshi, Chiburi, Noto, Tameshigiri. It also has two 2 person exercises.

Production values are first rate, the demonstrations are masterful, and the voice "acting" is acceptably good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad April 30, 2012
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Great dvd. Good for beginners. Would have rated higher but no footwork is shown to better improve stances. hoping second disk covers more.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Instruction for Real Swordsmaship April 8, 2009
This video is for those who want to learn the correct method of Japanese Swordsmanship. Not the flashy stuff you see in movies or at a Karate tournament. Swordsmanship is about the little things such as distance, timing and get this .... PROPER TECHNIQUE! If you want to learn what was taught 400 years ago, in the time honored tradition then this is the DVD for you. They will take you step by step, show, explain and demonstrate everthing you will need to become a swordsman. If you want to look like some anime character, then sorry, this is not for you!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good educational DVD for the katana April 2, 2009
This is the best instructional DVD I have yet viewed on the samurai sword, the katana. Lots of basic info, although there could have been more. I can't wait to see volumes 2 and 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. August 28, 2012
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This video is excellent. It is the basics which is exactly what I need. I've had no training whatsoever. I'm glad this arrived two days before I got my bokken. I would have taught myself some bad habits.
There is lots of great instruction on here. That being said it is VERY instructional. There is nothing exciting other than it's instructional benefit. I only gave it a four because it is a bit boring but, it does the job. It instructs you on Japanese swordsmanship. I am learning from it. I will be buying the rest of the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to basic Samurai swords July 28, 2011
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I recently came into possession of a very fine, pre-war set of Japanese Samurai swords. As an author, I happen to be more familiar with Roman and Greek weapons, so I ordered this DVD to get a feel for my new Katanas.

I was able to clean the swords properly, inspect for damage, and polish the scabbards.

Definitely satisfied

sam barone
author - Dawn of Empire, Empire Rising, Quest For Honour
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter!
If you love the katana and just want to learn the basics this is a must. As I live in a region where there are no actual swordsmanship dojos, this was a great DVD!
Published 2 months ago by Lee Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction
I liked the video because it covered some basics for samurai use and practice. The video is easy to follow and understand.
Published 4 months ago by Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars not in Spanish or have subtitles
I live in South America, ask for all the mendios if it had Spanish or at least subtitling, but nobody answered me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alejandro
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy
If you are holding a sword for the first time in your life and/or thinking about buying one and you are at least 1% serious about learning how to use it them this dvd is a must... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chuito
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done!
This instructional video is very well done. I plan on getting the rest of the series as soon as I finish practicing the techniques shown in this one.
Published 7 months ago by G. E. Glaum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great instructional videos! Make sure to get all 3 Volumes
I have all 3 volumes and wow there is a lot more to just swinging a sword at water bottles etc. I knew that already but after reading the different reviews on Amazon sword... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars S.S. Vol. 1. Basic
This DVD is good for the Basics. The DVD showed how to care and handle the Sword and to be in touch with it.
Published 8 months ago by Gildar69
5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai Swordmanship - Basic Moves
The moves are basic, but they are also the foundation to all other fighting techniques. This is a video that no matter where I am in my training, I plan to re-review this one to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Thomas Conrad
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Video
The pace of this learning video is very good. My favorite part is where he describes parts of the sword in great detail.
How to prepare a mat for cutting is well done.
Published 13 months ago by wayne fester
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Systematic, instructive... easy to follow. Excellent. A natural progretion from subject to subject in easy to follow steps, diction and illustration.
Published 14 months ago by Francis P. Buttigieg
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