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About eric shahan
Hi, I've been living, studying and training in Japan for over 15 years. My goal is to share some of the cool, fascinating and mysterious teachings that can be found in Japanese martial arts manuals. For the most part these books have never been translated before. Thanks for your interest!
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Also includes a translation of The Ten Articles of Karate by Anko Itosu as well as a poem on Karate by Funakoshi Gichin.
About the Author: The 16th century Samurai warrior Yamamoto Toki “Way of the Devil” Kansuke was a hero of the Warring States period, the century of war from 1467-1600. Though partially blind and lame in one leg, Yamamoto Kansuke’s prowess as a military strategist was legendary and his methods became the subject of study in Japan ever since. Each of the four editions used in A Closer Look at the Sword Scroll, is actually a combination of two short works.
1. Military Strategy and Sword Fighting The Sword Scroll
2. Military Strategy and Sword Fighting the Inner Secrets Scroll
While each of the four volumes is identical in parts, each book contains interesting variations, including different woodblock prints, that collectively add a great deal of information to those interested in traditional Japanese martial arts and military strategy. An important resource for those interested in Samurai fighting arts, Bushido or Japanese History.
According to the afterward, for several generations this document was only transmitted to only one other person.
The Japanese authors spend over a decade learning boxing in the United States. Before Watanabe Yujiro became "The Father of Japanese Boxing" he was known as the "Four Round King" due to his success boxing in California. Watanabe founded the Japan Boxing Club and Koriyama "Young Togo" was the head coach. An interesting look at how Boxing was presented to Japanese people. Also includes information regarding Watanabe Yujiro's teachers, Charley and Rufe Turner.
First time in English.
First English Translation.