Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.95
  • Save: $1.09 (6%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Kurikara: The Sword and t... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent Paperback – December 7, 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.86
$9.20 $2.00

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$15.86 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent
  • +
  • Japanese Swords: Cultural Icons of a Nation; The History, Metallurgy and Iconography of the Samurai Sword
Total price: $40.92
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Useful for all martial artists, including people who train Chinese martial arts."
--Be not defeated by the Rain

About the Author

John Maki Evans teaches yoga and battodo in London. He is the director of the Islington Yoga School, which teaches Shadow Yoga, and is head teacher of the Fudokan Battodo dojo, affiliated with the International Battodo Federation. He lives in London.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books; 1 edition (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942444
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It was quite serendipitous, the way I came across this book. I had just finished Alex Kozma's book "Warrior Guards the Mountain - The Internal Martial Traditions of China, Japan and South East Asia" earlier in the year and John Evans Sensei was one of the masters interviewed in the book, being described as a man skilled in Yoga, as well as the traditions of the Yamabushi (mountain ascetics) of Japan as well as highly ranked in the sword arts. With this recommendation, I was more willing to purchase a book with no reviews and no listed lineage in koryu.

I had expected something in the lines of David Lowry's "Autumn Lightning", that is an autobiography of how he came to learn the art and stories of his master, but beyond the autobiographical sections in the introduction, this book is quite technical.

however, it does not show or describe any kata and this is why this book is so useful for all martial artists, including people who train Chinese martial arts. He does not just present exercises and say do them, but talks about the expected end goals and how they are to be expressed in the body both physically, energetically and mentally. Due to his background in yoga, accupuncture, shiatsu and other martial arts he is able to convey concepts clearly, cross referencing when things become too technical.

The book is primarily about the principles behind different types of training in the art of the Japanese sword (suburi, repeated striking of a tire or post, test-cutting, paired practice).

He talks about issues such as how power should be expressed from the lower body and how wrong training can lead to an over-reliance on the wrong muscle groups.
Read more ›
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having been involved in the Japanese sword and knife arts (Kenjutsu, Kendo, Wakizashi-Jutsu, Iaido and Tanto-Jutsu) for many years, I found this book extremely interesting. First off, unless you are actively involved in taking a Japanese sword art, you will have trouble understanding the material in this book. As a Kendo and Kenjutsu (Kashima Shinden Jinkenshin Kagi Ryu) student I completely grasped the information in this text, but someone with absolutely no sword training would be lost. Secondly, this is not a "how to practice Kenjutsu" book. There are very few illustrations and unless you know the Kenjutsu terminology, this book will be of little help to those not involved in the sword arts. Finally, this sword style (Nakamura Ryu) is a more mystical approach(Internal) than other sword systems. In this respect, I think it is a little too esoteric.

Now for the good news. If you are presently taking any Japanese sword art, I highly recommend this book. This excellent text covers the basic 7 cuts and one thrusting technique (Kihon) of many Kenjutsu systems, it explains the katas (forms), how to develop powerful cuts and thrusts, sparring (Kumitachi) techniques, breathing and meditation techniques. The appendix sections are also very informative showing the various training weapons, sword nomenclature and safety tips.

In conclusion, if you have never taken a Japanese sword art this book is not for you, but if you are actively involved in a traditional Japanese sword system, this book can serve as a basic technical and philosophical introduction when used in combination with your Sensei's (Instructor's) instruction.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Wakizashi-Jutsu official Manual).
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Kurikara is a wonderful book on the essence of swordsmanship. It is
not limited to any one style or school. The author, John Evans,
beautifully blends the practical and the spiritual, the fundamentals
and the esoteric elements of swordsmanship whilst at the same time
narrating his own unique experience.

John Evans was taught swordsmanship by the yamabushi, mountain
ascetics, esoteric Buddhist monks who live in seclusion in the
mountains of Japan and have a history of teaching fencing to
historically important swordsmen such as Minamoto Yoshitsune. He also
studied Kashima Shinto-Ryu, Iaido, Toyama and Nakamura-ryu, as well as
yoga. John was the first non-Japanese student of Toyama-ryu exponent and
tameshigiri master Nakamura Taisaburo sensei.

John Evans has a deep understanding of the experience that one feels
as they pass through each stage of their learning. The books ties
John's experience with yoga to swordsmanship through the importance of
developing the tanden: an area about four inches below the navel.
There are other unique aspects of spiritual development explained
that, due to lack of experienced persons, are rarely seen in books in
English such as takigyo: immersion under waterfalls.

The book has fundamental explanations for beginners, but its goes
beyond the confines of basics and kata. It includes information on
human reaction in actual combat. This text fills the gaps in
information between art and practical usage of Japanese swords.
Retailing at $16.95 it is an essential book for any serious swordsman.

Paul Martin
[...]
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent