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The Samurai Sword: Spirit * Strategy * Techniques


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The Samurai Sword: Spirit * Strategy * Techniques by Kohshyu Yoshida
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"This book is a must have and must share reference to the Samurai"
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I wanted to know more about the Samurai and have been reading and searching for half a life-time so far. This book “The Samurai Sword” is an absolutely outstanding reference and links authentic history with a modernist interpretation of a significant era of the Samurai.

I would strongly advise any martial artist to make this book a centrepiece of your reference collections. I enjoyed the assemblage of the book’s text(s), references, photographs and images.

This book is a “must have” and represents a lifetime of understanding of the Arts. The text links history with the present and does it in such a way that it is easy to read and understand “the experience”.

I strongly recommend this book to all dedicated martial artists. This book is a “must have and must share”. The techniques demonstrated are picture perfect and remain accurate and insightful to all.

“Thank you Sensei Kohshyu Yoshida for sharing with us your knowledge, skills, experiences and your family history”,
Sensei Greg Waters, Yondan: Aiki Jutsu Aikido (N.Z)

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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. "The Samurai Sword: Spirit * Strategy * Techniques" is an indispensable guide to theory and practice that respects both the physical and spiritual aspects of martial arts practice with the samurai sword. Featuring guidance for selecting, maintaining and using your sword, it also delves into the practical value of meditation and provides brief, inspirational biographies of some of the greatest samurai, men whose words and deeds embodied the true spirit of the samurai warrior. Written by a descendant of samurai warriors, "The Samurai Sword: Spirit * Strategy * Techniques" provides both a strong, hands-on foundation for beginners and advice for the practiced swordsperson.

Author Biography

Kohshyu Yoshida was born and raised in Japan. The great-grandson of a ronin samurai warrior, he has studied martial arts from all over the world and now teaches martial arts in Los Angeles, CA. He has appeared in Hollywood films including Blade and The Last Samurai . He also starred as the Red Ranger in the international hit television show The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers .
Release date Australia
April 13th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
approx 240 full-color photographs
Tuttle Publishing
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