Path of the Ninja: Shinobigatana Basic Sword Skills VHS
The Shinobigatana (sword of the stealer-in) is a unique and powerful weapon. Unlike most swords, the Shinobigatana is designed to be utilitarian, stressing usefulness over ornamentation. Its blade ranges from 16 to 22 inches in length and is only roughly sharpened. It has a long handle for improve leverage and a large square handguard to better protect the Ninja's hands when clashing. Beyond its obvious cutting techniques, the Shinobigatana has many unorthodox abilities that further separate it from an ordinary sword. It has a very strong scabbard that can be used as a secordary weapon, a hidden compartment filled with blinding powder and a long length of cord that can be used to entangle the enemy or flail the scabbard.
About the Actor
Mark Steven Grove is an accomplished martial artist with many years of study and training behind him. He developed the Kurai Kutori system of martial arts and now heads the Warrior Quest International training facility. He is also a master of Chambara (theatrical combat) and has acted as a fight choreographer and stunt performer in many films.
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This video is definately the exception. Very clear, well lit, concise material and audio that can actually be heard.. hallelujah.
The material covered is well rounded and informative.. Stances, grips and strikes are all covered in reasonable detail, allowing for months, if not years of study (actually more like practise material)
If you are looking for the quick fix, bridge guide to swords, this is not the video for you. However if you are serious about learning and ready to put in the time to practise these forms diligently, then this is for you :) (more material covered in this video than 8 months at my local kenjutsu school)
There is a bonus in this video that I greatly appreciated: explained the design of the ninja's sword! Making one of these for practice is within most amature craftman's ability. Can you say "where's my local leaf-spring manufacturer?" They can supply you with the non-heat treated steel, and can treat it when you have shaped it and put the holes where you want them. I didn't expect this in the tape.
I bought a Cold Steel Chisma Katana (24") and thought it best to learn to use it. But where on earth does one learn to use a sword in suburbia? Videos! I recommend this one to go with all the other videos needed to learn sword techniques. Be careful! Don't bring a sword to a gun fight and have fun.
Production wise it is very entertaining with some amazing choreographed fights in the start and finish of the video that simply entertain and emphasize the skills of this school's top men. Most videos I have seen seem to avoid that. Clarity, editing and music just seem to elevate this video above the rest. If you are really a swordplay buff and want to graduate from running around a park hitting your friends with sticks or you are currently a trained martial artist who wants to see what Kenjutsu a la Ninja truly is...see this. It will provide you with a serious and well developed program for forming fundamental swordskills that can not be disputed by any legitimate Japanese swordplay authority.
This video is great and I hope there are to be more from Master Grove.