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

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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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  • Actors: Masayuki Shimabukuro, Carl E. Long
  • Directors: Black Belt Communications
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017TCSLW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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140 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. Atkins on 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sara Jayne on 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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By shuTTL3bus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Richards on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Brouillard on September 6, 2010
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If you are like me and do not have access to a Instructor or Dojo,this DVD is the perfect place to begin.
The proper grip and stance and basic strikes were explained and covered in a way that was easy to understand
and informative.I learned more in the first 15 minutes than I had from anywhere else.I am looking forward to
what I will learn in Vol. 2.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By RisingSun on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Hamrick on 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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