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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Paperback with DVD edition (February 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804837511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804837514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kohshyu Yoshida was born and raised in Chiba, Japan. The great-grandson of a ronin samurai warrior, he has studied martial arts from all over the world and now teaches martial arts in Los Angeles, CA. He has appeared in Hollywood films including Blade and The Last Samurai. He also starred as the Red Ranger in the international hit television show The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Pagano on September 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
While this book offers an attractive mix of history, philosophy and technique, it does better with the first two than it does with sword skills.
There are two problems that really make this book earn a low review. First, in many of the illustrations and even in the DVD, the author clearly seems to be using the blade of his sword to block his opponent's strike. Any sword fighter would know this is a great way to get your own blade dulled and chipped very quickly. For those who'd argue that this is just a poor camera angle, I feel it appears in too many images to be a mere coincidence, and it says something about the author that these pictures weren't taken more carefully.
Second, and to me far worse, is that for a book that claims to teach sword movements, there is absolutely no instruction in how to draw the sword! You can't get more fundamental than that, and yet this critical basic skill is nowhere to be found, neither in the book nor the DVD.
While the section on selecting and maintaining a sword is helpful, the gaps and mistakes in this book make it a risky choice, at best, for beginners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stven on June 20, 2010
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The content of this book are most like photos of kata with very well-written illustration.

However, these photos are not in a good sequence and you have to watch the including DVD to get the detail of auther's motion.

I'm practicing Kendo and Iaido, and have some kenjishu DVDs from Japan.

From my point of view,
this book is great to take you through how Hollywood actors play katana in a crazy awesome cool way. (ex: Wesley Snipes in "Blade")

If you would like to explore the simple, plain traditional kenjishu, you may get lots of demos from different ryus on Youtube.

From the same publisher, "Mastering the Samurai Sword: A Full-Color, Step-by-Step Guide " would be a good reference book for a serious martial art trainer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen on September 11, 2013
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I liked this book and it was a great introduction to samurai theory and use of the katana sword. The author is really enthusiastic about the subject matter.
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We have known Moritaka Yoshida for years, and there is no better alternative to understanding the true values and dedication it takes to be a Samurai than to have it come from the source itself. Being a Samurai isn't a title, it's a way of living and interpreting the world around you. Don't be afraid to add to your cultural knowledge with a book that doesn't just tell you the techniques, but actually SHOWS them to you.

Sincerely,
BKI Crew
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