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Secrets of the Samurai

By Oscar Ratti,Adele Westbrook
  • ISBN Code: : 1462902545
  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
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Secrets of the Samurai is the definitive study of the martial arts of feudal Japan, explaining in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies, and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. The work begins with a panoramic survey of the tumultuous early struggles of warlords contending for political ascendancy and then outlines the relentless progression of the military class toward absolute power. In addition to illustrating actual methods of combat, the authors discuss in detail the crucial training necessary to develop a warrior's inner power and to concentrate all his energies into a single force. Secrets of the Samurai is an essential text for anyone with an interest in Japanese combat techniques, weaponry, or military history. This edition also contains a new foreword by Adele Westbrook and numerous previously unpublished illustrations by Oscar Ratti. Chapters include: The Bushi The Heimin The Centers of Martial Instruction Armed Bujutsu Unarmed Bujutsu Control and Power Strategic Principles Morality of Bujutsu

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Samurai Shortstop

By Alan M. Gratz
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1440634823
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 415
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Tokyo, 1890. Toyo is caught up in the competitive world of boarding school, and must prove himself to make the team in a new sport called besuboru. But he grieves for his uncle, a samurai who sacrificed himself for his beliefs, at a time when most of Japan is eager to shed ancient traditions. It's only when his father decides to teach him the way of the samurai that Toyo grows to better understand his uncle and father. And to his surprise, the warrior training guides him to excel at baseball, a sport his father despises as yet another modern Western menace. Toyo searches desperately for a way to prove there is a place for his family's samurai values in modern Japan. Baseball might just be the answer, but will his father ever accept a Western game that stands for everything he despises?

Samurai Sword: Spirit * Strategy * Techniques

By Kohshyu Yoshida
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  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Book Code : 1462909906
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 107
  • Pdf File: samurai-sword.pdf

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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.

Samurai Arms, Armour & the Tactics of Warfare

By Antony Cummins,Yoshie Minami
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  • Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
  • Book Code : 178678193X
  • Total of Pages : 528
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 222
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This pioneering study of samurai weapons, armor, and strategies is a fascinating slice of martial arts history, as seen through the eyes of an authentic seventeenth-century samurai master Part of the acclaimed Book of Samurai series, which presents for the first time the translated scrolls of the historical Natori-Ryū samurai school of war, this volume offers an exceptional insight into the weaponry and armour of the samurai era, as well as tactical advice for use on and off the battlefield. Two secret scrolls by the samurai tactician Natori Sanjūrō Masazumi are presented here: Heieki Yōhō, which offers advice for every possible martial situation, from moving troops to besieging a castle to fighting on the open battlefield; and Heigu Yōhō, which explores samurai arms and armour in unparalleled detail. Illustrated with 130 line drawings of arms and armour, strategic diagrams and beautiful samples of Japanese calligraphy, this is essential reading for students of martial arts, warrior culture and the samurai path. This book was written by the seventeenth-century samurai tactician Natori Sanjūrō Masazumi, also known as Issui-sensei, who was to become the most influential grandmaster of the Natori-Ryū school of war. It gives us an unprecedented insight into what the samurai knew about their own specialization—armour and warfare. By listening to a genuine samurai, we can discover a huge amount about the thoughts, ideals, codes and even the feelings of this much admired, but often misunderstood, warrior class. Heieki Yōhō, the first scroll translated in this book, gives leadership advice for use on and off the battlefield. From turning thieves or cowards to good service, to practising ‘external listening’ in order to obtain information from as many sources as possible, to penetrating the deeper motives of those who slander or praise others, the ideas discussed are thought provoking and paint a vivid picture of samurai Japan at war. Heigu Yōhō, the second scroll, gives a rare and precious glimpse into samurai arms and armour, including details of their construction, regulations associated with the wearer’s status, and the fascinating ceremonies, mythology and Buddhist doctrine that underlay their use. With 130 line drawings that clarify the text, this is the ultimate resource for all those interested in the wisdom and practice of the historical samurai.

Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art

By Stephen K. Hayes
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  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Book Code : 1462901832
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 974
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Look past the legends and learn about the REAL ninjas of feudal Japan with this entertaining, illustrated ninjutsu guide. Ninjutsu, the least understood of the Japanese martial arts, is an ancient fighting style emphasizing natural movement, responsiveness to adversaries, and absolute practicality. In feudal Japan, ninja were feared for their skill in espionage and, particularly, assassination. Masters of weaponry, stealth, and martial techniques, ninja were credited with supernatural powers because of the near-invincibility of their unique and deadly art. In The Ninja and Their Secret Fighting Art, Black Belt Hall of Fame member, Stephen K. Hayes, reveals the secrets that lead to the perception of the ninja as warriors of almost sorcerous skill—the art of invisibility, special tools and weapons, and psychological training enabling the ninja to gain advantage in any situation. Chapters include: Perspective—Origin; Organization; Training; At the Height of Power; The Decline; Ninjutsu in the Modern World Search for the Ninja Unarmed Combat—The Ninja Fists; Fighting Postures; Other Factors Weaponry—Chains and Cords; Sticks and Staffs; Canes with Concealed Weapons; The Ninja Sword; Throwing Blades The Way of Invisibility—Sense Deception; Phantom Steps; Reconnaissance; Blending with the Night; Attacking the Eyes; The Art of Disguise Shadow Warriors—Espionage; Commando Tactics The Realm of the Spirit—Psychological Warfare; The Force of the Killer; The Great Harmony

Aiki-Jujutsu

By Cary Nemeroff
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  • Publisher : Crowood
  • Book Code : 1847975704
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 691
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Book Short Summary:

Aiki-Jujutsu: Mixed Martial Art of the Samurai is essential reading for practitioners and instructors of mixed martial arts, the traditional Asian martial arts and those who seek to learn more about the techniques, philosophy and history of the fighting arts of the Samurai. Using easy to follow, step-by-step photography and text, 10th Dan Cary Nemeroff demonstrates how to perform the throws, hand strikes, grappling/groundwork manoeuvres, blocks, break-falls, kicks and sword-disarming techniques of the complete Aiki-Jujutsu system, including Kempo-Jutsu, Aiki-Jutsu and Ju-Jutsu. It also provides a concise history of the concepts and systems surrounding Aiki-Jujutsu's development, such as Budo and Bujutsu, enabling the practitioner to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the art. Essential reading for all practitioners and instructors of mixed martial arts. Covers the hand strikes, throws, kicks and sword-disarming techniques of the complete Aiki-Jujutsu system and provides a concise history of the concepts surrounding Aiki-Jujutsu's development, such as Budo and Bujutsu. Superbly illustrated with around 830 step-by-step photographs. Cary Nemeroff is a 10th Dan in Aiki-Jujutsu (Jujutsu) with thirty-five years of training to his credit.

Samurai and Ninja

By Antony Cummins
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  • Publisher : Tuttle Publishing
  • Book Code : 146291506X
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 598
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The myths of the noble Samurai and the sinister Ninja are filled with romantic fantasy and fallacy. Samurai and Ninja expert Antony Cummins shatters the myths and exposes the true nature of these very real—and very lethal—medieval Japanese warriors. The Samurai and Ninja were in fact brutal killing machines trained in torture and soaked in machismo. Many were skilled horsemen and sword-fighting specialists, while others were masters of deception and sabotage. Some fought for loyalty, others for personal gain. What these warriors all shared in common was their unflinching personal bravery, skill and brutality. In Samurai and Ninja, Cummins separates myth from reality and shows why the Japanese were the greatest warriors of all time: He describes the Samurai and the Ninja as they really were in earlier times when battles raged across Japan—not in later times when war became obsolete and Japanese warriors became philosophers, scholars and courtiers. He describes the social context of the day and the feudal world into which the warriors were trained to fight and die for their lords. He exposes the essentially brutal nature of warfare in medieval Japan. This book is illuminated by many rare Japanese manuscripts and texts which are translated into English for the very first time.

More Secrets of the Ninja

By Hiromitsu Kuroi,Brett Bull
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  • Publisher : DH Publishing Inc
  • Book Code : 1932897518
  • Total of Pages : 95
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Members : 539
  • Pdf File: more-secrets-of-the-ninja.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Now you see them, now you don't. In this Revised Edition of the popular Secrets of the Ninja, we travel further inside the ninja's world to reveal more skills, weapons, and ingenious tricks that made these men and women feared and revered for centuries. Learn ninja techniques for meditation, stealth, and fighting dirty. Study their diet, ancient codes, workout and acupressure points. Find out what it really meant to be a ninja in old Japan.

Bushido: a Modern Adaptation of the Ancient Code of the Samurai

By Mark Edward Cody
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1468567128
  • Total of Pages : 238
  • Category : History
  • Members : 507
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Bushido: A Modern Adaptation of the Ancient Code of the Samurai attempts to address the violent nature of the human spirit and to harness and redirect that trait into a constructive force for the betterment of mankind. Bushido examines the metaphor of the Warrior as it appears in human culture both historically and in the stories, philosophies and religions of mankind, drawing heavily upon the stoic martial philosophy of Feudal Japan and on the Judeo-Christian principles which have shaped the West. It is the Author's hope that this work will convey a message of self-reliance, strength and peace that our world so desperately needs.

NINJA

By Teruhisa Komori
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  • Publisher : SCB Distributors
  • Book Code : 1642730491
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 615
  • Pdf File: ninja.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Time setting is the Age of Warring States. The samurai were not the only ones whose lives were constantly in danger. The ninja also existed in the harshest environments, as they accomplished their missions from the shadows through acts of information gathering within enemy territory and influencing others to their side. Since their duty was to return home alive from their missions, ninja lived a long live. The ninja overcame the turmoil of their time period through high physical abilities and an unyielding spirit. Teruhisa Komori, a psychiatrist, is unraveling the secrets of the ninja’s spirit, techniques, and physique, as this could be the hint for the modern people living in a stressful society to learn how to live.

The Ultimate Art of War

By Antony Cummins
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  • Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
  • Book Code : 1786783061
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : History
  • Members : 519
  • Pdf File: the-ultimate-art-of-war.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The most accessible edition of Art of War ever produced, with the text broken down into digestible individual lessons, unique teaching illustrations, and step-by-step commentary that draws on the full range of recent translations and ancient commentators Composed in the 5th century BC, Sun Tzu's Art of War is the earliest-known treatise on military strategy, and is still hugely popular around the world for its perceptive tactical advice to commanders on how to win at war with minimal bloodshed. Aimed at all those who want to study the text in depth, this is the first step-by-step guide to the famous treatise, breaking down the 13 chapters of the original into 200 easily digested lessons, from 'do not press a desperate enemy' to 'control your troops through bond of loyalty' to 'when you are weak, beware attack', all accompanied by comprehensive commentary and clarified with around 250 illustrations. Making the lessons even more memorable and easy to understand, the black/red illustrations include strategic diagrams, evocative line drawings and beautiful calligraphy. This ultimate guide to Art of War includes the classic 1910 translation by Lionel Giles and commentary that takes into account all academic interpretations of the text, highlighting differences between modern translations as well as the perspectives of historical Chinese commentators. No other edition compares and contrasts the viewpoints of different contemporary translators, or explains exactly what each section of this often enigmatic text actually means.