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

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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: 21672 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Books (May 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00711SVE8
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Carl E. Long, Hanshi
Sakura Budokan
Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA.

Carl Long is the chairman and director for the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai (www.knbk.org) 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, Hanshi, 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 www.KNBK.org

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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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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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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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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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I haven't had time to go through all the content of this book as I just received it. The authors' pedigrees speak for themselves so I imagine all of the content to be just as great as the chapters I've read. My problem isn't so much with the content as is is with the way that content is represented here on Amazon. The LOOK INSIDE preview shows all-color photos, yet the book only has black and white pics. What's the big deal, you ask? The big deal is that the form factor for this dictates that full color spreads be printed on much better paper than what was used. These pages would barely qualify as magazine pages. The paper is of very poor quality and that's a huge issue for a book that I plan to spend a lot of time with. This book would never hold up to day to day use. It's a real shame the publisher didn't see fit to create a product whose physical qualities live up to the quality of the contents.
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