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

Carl Long , Masayuki Shimabukuro
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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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.


Product Details

  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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12 of 13 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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for serious students of Japanese Budo April 30, 2014
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Communicates in clear writing the profound code and ideals of Budo and Japanese swordsmanship. A classical work that gives insight to the Japanese culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! April 25, 2014
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It contains everything I need.

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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great work April 16, 2014
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Worth reading, studying and understanding if you are into swordsmanship and the Samurai way. Nothing fake about this master and his teachings. Worth every penny. Arrived in time and in good condition. Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. February 23, 2014
By smk03
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Clear, concise, very easy to follow. The book has very clear step-by-step photos of everything you need to know. Great in depth information.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. if you were ever interested in this martial art, you need to read this book.
Published 4 days ago by Antonio Sala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good material
Published 2 months ago by Alexey Stepanov
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book. I use this as a companion to flashing steel.
Published 4 months ago by shawn read
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fundamental priciples must be respected.
The Fundamental Techniques chapter was one of my favorites. I enjoyed the teaching of attitude and Posture. The picture were clear and demonstrated precisely. This is a good book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great guide book. Worth it's weight in Gold!

My gratitude to the authors.

Ps. This is no substitute for proper instruction in a recognized Dojo. :)
Published 11 months ago by Francis P. Buttigieg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide for any Sword Practitioner
I am a practitioner of muso jikiden eishin ryu iaijustu and unfortunately I live far away from my sensei and dojo. Read more
Published 11 months ago by pat-93
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legacy of A True Master
I eagerly awaited this masterful manual of Battojutsu, after studying and practicing for some time with the 3 DVDs that preceeded it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by kobodaichi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous sword instruction!
The book is systematic and clear without being verbose. The pictures are excellent. The teaching is genuine sword training. Love his section on philosophy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Randy Sexton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book You Need...
...if you're trying to be a serious martial arts practitioner (with a samurai sword that is).
The tradition of oral teaching is - as Japan shows so clearly - of great value in... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sturgeon
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More About the Author

Carl E. Long, Hanshi-Ho
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-Ho 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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