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    The Spirit of the Sword: Iaido, Kendo, and Test Cutting with the Japanese Sword (Paperback) By (author) Nakamura Taisaburo

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    DescriptionNakamura Taisaburo's landmark book on the art of the sword includes technical information, thoughtful analysis, and fascinating recollections of his own training and teaching. One of the most famous Japanese swordsmen of the twentieth century, Nakamura sensei is widely acknowledged as the preeminent reinvigorator of the practice of "tameshigiri" (test cutting) as a test of technical and spiritual mastery. "The Spirit of the Sword"--first published in Japanese in 1980, now translated into English for the first time--is regarded by many as the most complete of Nakamura's writings on Japanese swordsmanship. Here Nakamura instructs the reader on the integration of iaido, kendo, and tameshigiri; the correct mental approach to sword practice; training methods; numerous kata or forms; a guide to sword maintenance; and historical notes on the use of the sword as a weapon. Illustrated with over 800 original photographs, this book is a must-have for any student of the Japanese sword and an excellent resource for sword enthusiasts in general.


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  • A remarkable book.5

    Hans Fricke Many books have been written about Japanese swordsmanship: but none give such insight in to the practical application of the Japanese sword nihonto then Nakamura Taizaburo's book "The Spirit of the Sword".

    Published some 30 years ago, and thanks to an excellent English translation, the book can finally reveal its hidden treasures; the anecdotes; the philosophical view-points; the practical and technical ideas; the many applications and in- depth research into the use of the Japanese sword; as well as local history; and - the art of test-cutting tameshigiri: all now available to a worldwide public.

    Hans Fricke
    Kyoshi 8th-dan Nakamura Ryu Battodo.
    President Australian Battodo Association Inc.
    Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee 2010 by Hans Fricke

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