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Samurai Swordsmanship: The Batto, Kenjutsu and Tameshigiri of Eishin-Ryu by [Long, Carl, Shimabukuro, Masayuki]
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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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By Christopher Bergman on 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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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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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. I kjnow that in today's society we are all about the action, the reason for the action, you know the defeat of your enemy the triumphant mastery of the sword. It is very good to get down to the philosophical meanings behind the sword. Each position was demonstrated each purpose for each postition expalined in detail. This is a great book for the beginner because yielding a Samurai sword is not as simple as strike, cut, slice or guard.There needs to be substance. This book provide it.
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I am a practitioner of muso jikiden eishin ryu iaijustu and unfortunately I live far away from my sensei and dojo. So while I am home I train a lot but when I am away I really needed something to help me train. This book, along with flashing steal and the accompanying DVD's are a huge help. Long Sensei and Great Grandmaster Shimabukuro do an amazing job. The pictures are clear and very helpful. The instructions are clear and also are very helpful!
I love this book! it is worth it to add to a practitioners collection.
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I eagerly awaited this masterful manual of Battojutsu, after studying and practicing for some time with the 3 DVDs that preceeded it. Battojutsu is the Japanese art of drawing and cutting with the samurai sword in one or more smooth, continuous motions. The DVD's are great for matching your movements with those of Master Swordsman Shimubukuro, but the book completes the instruction by providing a reference for the many technical terms, mostly in Japanese, that can become a bit overwhelming for a non-Japanese speaker. It is extensively illustrated, and gives easily accessible solid form to the incredibly rich technical disciplines involved in this beautiful and devastating art of war. I highly recommend that the book and the DVDs be used together. Although either can stand alone, together they are almost as good as having personal instruction from a true master of the art. This book is the legacy of Master Masayuki Shimubukuro, as presented by his best known American student Carl E. Long. It is a must have!
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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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By Steveabe on September 6, 2012
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This is a great book. It is truly great. I know a lot about samurai swords,I teach a class in this, and I can strongly recommend this book. It will really help you understand basics. It is about details, the tiny little details, and that is what samurai swords is about. Buy this if you are truly interested. If you are learning. It is not a book about history nor about stories of fighting. It is for the serious student who loves to know the exact details.
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