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Samurai Swordsmanship: The Batto, Kenjutsu and Tameshigiri of Eishin-Ryu [Kindle Edition]

Carl Long , Masayuki Shimabukuro
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Book Description

In Samurai Swordsmanship: The Batto, Kenjutsu and Tameshigiri of Eishin Ryu, Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long describe the principles and techniques that define Japans most popular style of swordsmanship.
The book is a compendium of the most effective and proven techniques that have come to represent the fighting methods of Japans feudal and modern eras. The contents, as presented by the authors, unveil the answers to ancient riddles that have perplexed modern day enthusiasts of Japanese fencing.
It illuminates the art through masterful photography and is accompanied by in-depth accounts and descriptions of the methods perfected by Japans ancient warrior class. The book provides instruction on the etiquette, fundamental footwork, striking, countering, defensive tactics, test cutting and maintenance and safety needed for proficiency in authentic swordsmanship.
In Samurai Swordsmanship: The Batto, Kenjutsu and Tameshigiri of Eishin Ryu, the reader is transported beyond the mere physical technique and encouraged to seek the way to self-mastery through the use of the samurai sword.

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About the Author

<DIV><P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Carl E. Long has trained in the arts of karate, Japanese shito-ryu, Okinawan kobudo, shindo muso ryu jojutsu, and iaido—the art of samurai swordsmanship. As the vice chairman and director for the Jikishin-Kai International, he is responsible for the training and certification of the instructors and schools throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, and Europe. He lives in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Masayuki Shimabukuro has trained in the arts of judo, karate, Okinawan kobudo, Japanese shito-ryu, and iaido. He is the international director for the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-kai martial arts organization and represents authentic Eishin-Ryu samurai swordsmanship worldwide. He holds the title of hanshi—the highest recognition in traditional Japanese martial arts—and has been named Black Belt magazine s Weapons Instructor of the Year. He is the author of Flashing Steel and Living Karate. He lives in San Diego.


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  • File Size: 18704 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Books (May 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00711SVE8
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute May 15, 2011
By culdee
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I am just getting started in this book and had to take a breather. The authors have performed a great service to their Art and kenjutsu. I have only met Long sensei once but his technical skill and artistry are beyond question. The philosophy section is not only well written but it is necessary for the beginning, and even some more senior, students to absorb and apply in their practice. The photographoc images and technical descriptions are excellent. I am very pleased with this book and think it is a great tribute to their dedication and the ancestors of the Eishin Ryu system. If you are a fan of or a student of Iaido, Batto, or kenjutsu then buy this book!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai Swordsmanship June 12, 2011
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An old adage goes you can't judge a book by its cover. However, you can always tell something about an author by its content. There can be no doubt that Samurai Swordsmanship by Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long stands in a class of its own. For those fortunate enough to study with Long Kyoshi, his wisdom and superior technical competence shine through these pages in a clear reflection of teaching he, in turn, received from Masayuki Shimabukuro Hanshi, the 21st soshihan of the Masaoka line of Eishin-ryu.

Complimenting the Black Belt DVD series entitled, "Samurai Swordsmanship," this volume extends the discussion of Eishin-ryu Battojutsu, which began with the seminal work Flashing Steel by Shimabukuro Hanshi and Leonard J. Pellman, into the realms of Batto, Kenjutsu, and Tameshigiri. But it does more than that. The strengths of this well-organized book, and what sets it apart from many similar works on the same topic, are its holistic and philosophical approach along with an absolute insistence on Kihon (fundamentals) for training in swordsmanship.

An indication of how seriously the authors take the concept of Kihon is evidenced by the fact that they concentrate upon fundamentals for nearly one-half of the book. Students of Battojutsu will find especially helpful the photographs of both correct and incorrect technique. As beginners, the latter are common to all of us and, as is usually the case, we learn best from our mistakes. The second half of the book starts with the offensive and defensive application of these fundamental principles focusing upon target areas, as well as their necessary defensive response in a variety of blocks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have October 18, 2011
By Van Loo
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This book is even better that the previous one. The book tell you more about muso jikiden eishin ryu and helps you to understand the philosophy, the true budo spirit. The pictures are very good en there is a good explenation off the technics.
For the student off Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu it is a very good tool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant. February 24, 2015
By seth
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I am 23 years of age. I haven't done much reading outside of high school, mostly because of always having too many hobbies under my belt to focus on. in this past month and a half however, I have gotten very seriously into the martial arts of kenjutsu, iaito, shinkendo and others and while having the privilege of being able to seek and enroll into a iaijutsu dojo, ive also been reading a good amount on whatever I can get my hands on to learn. I've finished two books so far and only being into chapter 3 with this book I can already confidently say that this one takes the cake. Any sensei will tell you that you can't learn a martial arts especially iai or kenjutsu from a book alone, and while I agree with that, this book really almost does just that. The first three chapters talks about bushido code and bettering ones self and I can't express how much I enjoy reading that. After the first few chapters it then breaks down everything you'd need to know about kenjutsu from dojo and sword etiquette, to proper wearing and folding of a hakama and gi, to step by step rundowns of do's and donts for kata drills. I find myself struggling to put this book down. I have even taken it to work to sneak a read in on my down time.

anybody who is interested in learning about bushido, kenjutsu, iaito or any sword play for that matter I highly recommend this book whether you are an amateur as myself, or an experienced swordsman looking to polish your knowledge. I enjoy this book very much and will continue to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legacy of A True Master December 8, 2013
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I eagerly awaited this masterful manual of Battojutsu, after studying and practicing for some time with the 3 DVDs that preceeded it. Battojutsu is the Japanese art of drawing and cutting with the samurai sword in one or more smooth, continuous motions. The DVD's are great for matching your movements with those of Master Swordsman Shimubukuro, but the book completes the instruction by providing a reference for the many technical terms, mostly in Japanese, that can become a bit overwhelming for a non-Japanese speaker. It is extensively illustrated, and gives easily accessible solid form to the incredibly rich technical disciplines involved in this beautiful and devastating art of war. I highly recommend that the book and the DVDs be used together. Although either can stand alone, together they are almost as good as having personal instruction from a true master of the art. This book is the legacy of Master Masayuki Shimubukuro, as presented by his best known American student Carl E. Long. It is a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Comprehensive guide to starting kenjutsu. Everything from how to wear the clothes, how to bow properly and more. Read more
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Great book, wonderful lessons, and philosophy.
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Great book. if you were ever interested in this martial art, you need to read this book.
Published 5 months ago by Antonio Sala
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Published 8 months ago by Alexey Stepanov
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Awesome book. I use this as a companion to flashing steel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for serious students of Japanese Budo
Communicates in clear writing the profound code and ideals of Budo and Japanese swordsmanship. A classical work that gives insight to the Japanese culture.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
It contains everything I need.

This is a very detailed book of how, what and Nots to do when learning Bushido.

Published 13 months ago by Pioter Janeling
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More About the Author

Carl E. Long, Hanshi
Sakura Budokan
Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA.

Carl Long is the chairman and director for the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai ( where he is responsible for the instruction and certification of instructors throughout the world.

In addition to his study of sword and aiki affiliated arts, he has achieved advanced master level grades in Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu iaijutsu (8th dan), Shorin-ryu karate (8th dan),Shito-ryu karate (6th dan), Shindo muso-ryu jojutsu (5th dan), Okinawa kobudo (5th dan) and Dai Nippon Butoku Kai Iaido (8th dan).

He has earned the titles of Soshihan from the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai and Hanshi from the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. Long is a eight-time recipient of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai's prestigious Yushu-Sho,the highest award granted by the DNBK for the performance of iaido during his travels in Asia, North America and Europe. In 2008, he was appointed as 'Kenshoin', official representative/inspector and coordinator for the Dai Nippon Budo Kai Iaido division. As 8th dan, he is currently the highest ranked iaido teacher in the DNBK International division and the first westerner to ever receive this recognition.

Long has written articles for the column 'Cutting Edge' in Black Belt magazine since 2006. To learn more about Long, visit

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