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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.
The author is Fujita Seiko, a Ninja of the Koga School, describes the proper way to make Kuji. He also includes several variations and additional characters that can be added for specific protection.
The Kuji is associated with Ninja however it was used by both Samurai and monks as well as ordinary Japanese people for protection as they travelled. This type of magic has a long history in Japan.
First time in English.
According to the afterward, for several generations this document was only transmitted to only one other person.
This volume includes:
1. 拳法図 An Illustrated Guide to Kenpo
Copied by Fujita Seiko (Edo Era)
Toh School Densho (Edo Era)
3. 明治時代新聞記事 Jujutsu in the News
Newspaper Articles (1870 ~ 1880)
4. 兵法要務：柔術剣棒図解秘訣 Fundamentals of Military Strategy
By Inoguchi Matsunosuke
Part III : Standing Techniques (1887)
5. 乱捕活法柔術教科書 Free Sparring, Resuscitation & Jujutsu
By Inoguchi Yoshitame
Part III Throwing Techniques (1912)
By Yokoyama Kendo
Yamashita Yoshitsugu: Judo Teacher to President Roosevelt (1943)
A translation of the 400 year old Chinese sword manual 單刀法選 Dandaofa Xuan. At the time, Wakou, Japanese pirates, were raiding the coast of China. The pirates used their razor sharp swords and unconventional fighting style to frustrate any attempts to subdue the constant attacks. Eventually, after capturing documents related to Japanese sword fighting and finding people who had trained with Japanese sword masters.
The author Cheng Zongyou 程宗猷, trained at the Shaolin temple for 10 years before he began writing illustrated manuals about martial arts. He also studied under a Chinese master swordsman who had leaned directly from a Japanese master. With that knowledge he wrote a book about how the Japanese sword was crafted and the way it should be used. The training sequence introduced by Cheng in his book is the earliest known method for learning the Japanese sword.
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.