Renowned budo (martial arts) and ninja grandmaster Hatsumi explains how Japanese sword fighting embodies the essence of budo and the spirit of the samurai.
For centures, sword masters like Miyamoto Musashi have been revered, and have fascinated and inspired people everywhere. Now, in his definitive work, Masaaki Hatsumi, the world's most famous living budo and ninja grandmaster, shares his vast knowledge of Japanese sword fighting as it's been practiced through the ages: its history, techniques, styles, and core philosophies, along with the deepest secrets of this venerable martial art.
Hatsumi covers a variety of classical techniques, including ninja kenpo and two-sword fighting, and also demonstrates applications using the stick, spear, naginata, and kusarigama. He then explores such secret techniques as those involving armor, and the mutodori (no-sword) forms, considered the ultimate samurai skill. Detailed demonstration photos, works of calligraphy by famous samurai artists, historical scrolls, and illustrations enhance the text.
Within Hatsumi's technical descriptions and musings on the history of bushido (the way of the warrior) are sections in which he places budo and sword fighting in their cultural context, discusses their practical applications, and conveys his personal philosophy of promoting a world of peace and tolerance.
About the Author
Born in 1931, Masaaki Hatsumi progressed through various martial arts before meeting his mentor, Takamatsu Toshitsugu. He studied with Toshitsugu for fiteen years, becoming the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu and eight other arts, which Hatsumi unified into the Bujinkan system. While traveling the world, teaching thousands of individual students as well as classes of law enforcement professionals, he received numerous accolades from, politicans and spiritual leaders of many nationalities. Hatsumi continues to teach and hold workshops on ninjutsu.
"[Masaaki Hatsumi] explores the history of bushido and its legendary figures, and covers a wide variety of classical techniques as well as the famed two-sword fighting techniques. … The text is enhanced with works of calligraphy by famous samurai masters, important historical scrolls, and lavish illustrations that convey the grace and beauty of sword fighting." —Rafu Shimpo
"…Japanese Sword Fighting, a truly "must-have" manual for Japanese swordsmanship enthusiasts." —Wisconsin Bookwatch