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The Samurai Sword

Author : John M. Yumoto
ISBN : 0804805091
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Explores the origins and development of the famous samurai sword as a work of art and a weapon and discusses its identification, evaluation, and care
Category: Antiques & Collectibles


Author : Stephen Turnbull
ISBN : 9781849081528
Genre : History
File Size : 39.88 MB
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The Samurai sword of Japan is probably the finest edged weapon ever made. This volume by leading Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull reveals the story of how and why it achieved this distinction. Particular attention is paid to the development of the familiar curved blade from the original straight blades, the associated development of Japan's famous steel-making techniques and the challenges from contemporary warfare. Together with the technical details of forging, polishing, mounting and testing; this volume is brought to life with details of the great swordmakers themselves. Moreover, no history of the sword would be complete without a detailed examination of its use in combat, from the greatest Samurai armies to individual duels and revenge killings. Personal accounts allow the reader to discover the art of Japanese swordsmanship in the hands of masters such as Miyamoto Musashi to the unnamed Japanese warrior defending his family's honour. This lively text is perfectly complemented by artwork reconstructions of the sword in use and colour photographs of the swords in use.
Category: History

Samurai Sword Spirit Strategy Techniques

Author : Kohshyu Yoshida
ISBN : 9781462909902
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Samurai Sword is the essential illustrated guide to the Japanese way of the sword. Japan's famous samurai warriors were more than just soldiers — they were adherents to a strict code of honor who respected the deeper, spiritual meaning of the way of the sword. To the samurai, battle was sacred. This indispensable guide to theory and practice respects both the physical and spiritual aspects of martial arts practice with the katana. This sword book features: Beautiful, step-by-step photos and easy-to-understand text Guidance for selecting, maintaining, and using your sword Wisdom about the practical value of meditation Inspirational biographies of some of the greatest samurai swordsmen, men whose words and deeds embodied the true spirit of the samurai warrior Downloadable video Whether you're a beginner or an experienced swordsperson, this book will broaden your practical knowledge with detailed instruction on stances, cuts, guards, forms, and sparring techniques and strategy.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Mastering The Samurai Sword

Author : Cary Nemeroff
ISBN : 9781462916252
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Memorialized in countless books and movies, the history of Japan's fearsome samurai warriors is known all over the world. Who can forget these Japanese masters' skills with the sword? Today, samurai warriors no longer exist, but their legacy of swordsmanship endures. Now, the way of the samurai sword is learned in the martial arts Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu. This book is the perfect introduction to using this beautiful and ancient weapon. In Mastering the Samurai Sword, you'll learn the sword's fascinating history, its evolution, and the philosophy behind its use. You'll also learn practical guidance for mastering the sword itself. Full-color, step-by-step photographs detail many of the most useful and famous samurai moves, including: drawing the samurai sword guard positions, cutting blows, and blocking falling and rolling techniques, and evasive strategies standing forms and kneeling forms All of the martial arts techniques discussed in the book are performed for readers in the downloadable material to help you perfect your form. Beginners will learn everything from proper attire and behavior in the dojo to how they might practice at home, while more experienced samurai swords people will find a new appreciation for the deeper meaning and tradition behind the graceful way of the sword.
Category: Sports & Recreation


Author : Ilaria Montagnani
ISBN : 9781569754788
Genre : Health & Fitness
File Size : 59.5 MB
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"Red hot" is what New York Magazine calls the samurai sword workout of top New York trainer Ilaria Montagnani. Drawing on the popularity of the Kill Bill movies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, Forza The Samurai Sword Workout transforms ancient Japanese sword fighting into a heart-pumping, full-body workout."Meet the Lara Croft of Manhattan ... with higher-than-Buffy the Vampire Slayer kicks" -New York Post
Category: Health & Fitness

Samurai Sword

Author : John M. Yumoto
ISBN : 9781462907069
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
File Size : 82.28 MB
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The samurai sword: a symbol of the spirit of old Japan, it embodies the samurai's steel discipline, unswerving devotion and peerless skill. With its creation, a feat of craftsmanship passed down by generations of artisans, the samurai sword is generally considered to be superior even to the famed blades of Western Damascus and Toledo. The Samurai Sword Handbook is a precise exploration of the samurai sword designed for sword collectors as well as anyone intrigued by these ancient blades. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, famous schools and differences in construction, this revised edition of the classic reference outlines methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly. This must-have for sword lovers is sure to be a bestseller. Topics of this Samurai book include: Japanese History and the Samurai Sword Types of swords Parts of the sword Blade shape, construction, and grain The making of the sword Inscriptions and their readings Care and maintenance Appraisal and value Relative point values
Category: Antiques & Collectibles

The Japanese Sword

Author : Gregory Irvine
ISBN : STANFORD:36105025078796
Genre : Japan
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Drawing on the V&A's magnificent collection, this illustrated survey examines the development of the Japanese sword in an historical and social context from the 8th to the 12th century.
Category: Japan

Jack Stalwart The Theft Of The Samurai Sword

Author : Elizabeth Singer Hunt
ISBN : 9781446405161
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Sacred Japanese treasures are being stolen, and Jack must investigate. Can he defeat the shady geisha Madame Minori and her band of ninja thieves?
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Craft Of The Japanese Sword

Author : Leon Kapp
ISBN : 087011798X
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
File Size : 24.87 MB
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From raw steel to tempered blade, this text presents a visual account of the ancient craft of swordmaking as practiced in modern Japan. Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was prohibited in Japan for seven years after World War II, the age-old techniques were in danger of being lost forever. Today, in the hands of a new generation of practitioners, the craft is making a startling comeback. Connoisseurs say that the swords being produced
Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Author : Kanzan Sato
ISBN : 0870115626
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
File Size : 79.23 MB
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One of the foremost experts on the Japanese sword describes their history and appreciations in this book, with photographs and illustrations. The Japanese sword combines unbreakability, rigidity, and lethal cutting power, and it is in the resolution of these conflicting practical requirements that it emerges as a triumph of the forger's art. The mystique of the sword lingers on in our age of mechanized combat, but the aesthetic qualities for which swords are most valued by collectors today-the liveliness of the metal skin,' the confidence in every aspect of the'
Category: Antiques & Collectibles