Martial Arts



Note on Care of Books:
With books, one mar or fingerprint to the ink of the pictures - one crease or crush to a page - any difference from brand-new, creates value loss and permanently sets the book back. Just as chips in a blade - or chips in the lacquer of a Saya create value loss. It is overt damage.
"Normal use" is damage to books.
Anyone having reference or collector books, antique book collectors or curators, all have the same, expected and specific method of handling books. - This is similar to proper sword etiquette being the only allowable method.
If you have any questions or wish to purchase any book, please contact me at E-mail.


THE HEART OF KENDO by Darrell Craig, 1st edition 1999, $20.00.
This book explains the origins, equipment, waza (techniques), and kata (exercises) of kendo, the Japanese way of the sword, as well as the traditions and the lifestyle or worldview one must adopt to follow its teachings. The book also presents biographical material about a man who is closely associated with this art: Harutane Chiba Sensei.
In excellant condition, 238 pages, 8 1/8" x 9 1/4" softcover

KENDO Elements, Rules, and Philosophy by Jinichi Tokeshi, 2nd edition 2003, $cost.
All students of kendo - the formal art and practice of Japanese swordsmanship - will welcome this manual by an advanced practitioner with a deep understanding of the martial art. The work begins with a history of kendo in Japan, followed by a study of basic equipment and its proper care and use and a detailed description of forms and rules - essential aspects of any martial art. Beginners will find this section particularly helpful because of the close attention paid to fundamental techniques of kendo. Each technique is accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow illustrations.
In excellant condition, 298 pages, 5 3/4" x 9 1/4" softcover

KENDO The Definitive Guide by Hiroshi Ozawa, 1st edition 1997, $45.00.
This is the first book in English to provide a practical and truly comprehensive approach to kendo, one of the oldest of Japan,s martial arts and the one most closely associated with the samurai. Everything that the novice needs to know, from basic information to competing in tournaments, is explained in simple, straightforward language. Step-by-step explanations of fundamental techniques needed to be mastered to attain black belt level is illustrated in easy-to-follow line drawings.
In excellant condition, 173 pages, 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" hardcover with dustjacket

NIPPON KENDO KATA Instruction Manual by All Japan Kendo Federation 2002, $cost.
This manual was established in December 1981, following as faithfully as possible the revised version of Dai-Nippon Kendo Kata which had been enlarged with addition of footnotes by Dai-Nippon-Butokukai in May, 1933, and incorporating the results of both Referee & Kata Committee of AJKF in July, 1966 and Kodansha Committee in February 1977. Traditional instruction and newly formed instruction have been both included.
In excellant condition, 81 pages, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" softcover

THE SWORD & THE MIND by Hiroaki Sato, 1985, $30.00.
Long considered a classic of tactical wisdom, The Sword And The Mind is the first English translation of this great work. It is an extraordinary synthesis of ideas and experiences of three swordsmen: Hidetsuna, Muneyoshi, and Munenori.This treatise is an illuminating "how to" volume of swordsmanship maneuvers complete with step-by-step instructions for positioning, striking, and defending yourself against an opponent. It is also a work of philosophical and psychological guide to strategy.
In excellant condition, --- pages, 7 1/4" x 8 1/2" hardcover with dustjacket

THIS IS KENDO The Art of Japanese Fencing by Junzo Sasamori and Gordon Warner, 1985, $20.00.
A fully illustrated introduction to the traditional art of Japanese fencing - its essential nature and its basic techniques. One of the first books in English to describe and analyze this famous sport. Clear-cut descriptions of the most important strikes, offensive and defensive positions, and training excercises.
In excellant condition, 159 pages, 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" hardcover with dustcover

THE WAY OF KENDO & KENJITSU by Darrell Craig, 2nd edition 2004, $24.00.
This book represents the completion of the work started in 'The Heart of Kendo'. It addresses everything on an advanced level with respect to equipment, exercises, wazas and the last three katas of the All Japan Kendo Federation, which use the short sword or wakizashi. This book includes a chapter on the samurai and his sword, because it is important to emphasize the role the Japanese sword played in the molding of an entire class of men. Lastly, it includes a comprehensive glossary of Japanese terms used in kendo.
In excellant condition, 268 pages, 7 1/4" x 9 1/4" softcover


THE ART OF JAPANESE SWORDSMANSHIP by Nicklaus Suino, 9th printing 2005, $30.00.
This manual of Eishin-Ryu or "Pure Faith" iaido, teaches the most widely practiced sword style, and is illustrated with step-by-step drawings to help students, from beginners to advanced, hone their forms and techniques. Introductory chapters explain the history and evolution of the art, the Japanese sword and related equipment, and the etiquette and code of the samurai, while an extensive glossary and bibliography are provided for further reference. In excellant condition, 251 pages, 7" x 10" softcover

The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

IAI The Art of Drawing The Sword by Darrell Craig, 1st edition 1983, $20.00.
This book references the Iaido of the Japanese Kendo Federation and Mugai-Ryu. The seven different ryu from the federation are each from different ryu. The Mugai-ryu is very old and almost extinct in Japan today. Excellant book to reference and learn from. In excellant condition, 259 pages, 6" x 8 1/4" softcover

IAI, The Art of Drawing The Sword

IAIDO The History, Teachings, and Practice of Japanese Swordsmanship by William de Lange, 2nd printing 2005, $30.00.
This book explains the techniques of the main Shinkage-ryu (school) which has been the main pillar of fencing since the three-hundred-year reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. It also gives the reader a fascinating insight in the history and martial ethics that underpin the modern day practice of Iaido. In excellant condition, 158 pages, 7 1/4" x 10 1/8" softcover


IAIDO SWORD Kamimoto-Ha Techniques of Muso Shinden Ryu by Richard W. Babin, 2003, $40.00.
In Iaido Sword, the author brings together all the practical and theoretical information needed to pursue a formal study of the classical Japanese martial art of iaido. You will learn how to choose a sword, cut with it, take care of it, assume the clothing, and enter a dojo. The book not only covers the basic moves and positions, but the entire curriculum of forms of the Muso Shinden Ryu of iaido. Equally important, the author puts the art in its historic and social perspective, helping to clarify for the reader the spiritual pathway that the way of the sword offers. In excellant condition, 252 pages, 8 3/4" x 11 1/4" hardcover


IAIDO The Way of the Sword by Michael Finn, 1st edition 1982, $20.00.
This book is an introduction to the skills of the sword. It is easy to follow and understand, but more than that - it gives you a comprehensive background to the development of Iaido down to its modern inception of the "do" form, from the roots of its past in Iaijutsu. You can not only know its background but from the profuse photos, diagrams and descriptions, you can study its skills. You can learn the etiquette of the sword, how to maintain and care for the blade, and how to choose and buy a sword. In excellant condition, 103 pages, 6 3/4" x 9 1/2" softcover

IAIDO The Way of the Sword

JAPANESE SWORDSMANSHIP by Gordon Warner and Donn F. Draeger, 7th printing 2005, $45.00.
In the present volume it is the authors primary purpose to furnish an introductory approach to the exacting discipline of modern Japanese swordsmanship known as iaido - that is, the techniques of drawing, cutting with, and returning the Japanese sword to its scabbard. The study of this primer should make possible a better understanding of Japanese swords and swordsmanship. In excellant condition, 296 pages, 7 1/4" x 10" softcover

Japanese Swordsmanship

SWORD of the SAMURAI The Classical Art of Japanese Swordsmanship by George R. Parulski, Jr., 1985, $50.00.
A new kind of book about Japanese fencing using the samurai sword. Not just another how-to manual, this is a complete guide token-jutsu (sword fighting) and iai-jutsu (sword drawing) as practiced in the Tenshin Shinyo-ryu system, one of the oldest and most respected bugei (martial arts) systems in Japan. This book not only illustrates a variety of the basic and advanced methods of the sword; it also has detailed chapters on sword making, history, Zen, strategy, and even sword-cleaning procedures. In excellant condition, 129 pages, 8 3/4" x 11 1/4" hardcover with dustjacket

Sword of the Samurai


The Complete Book Of TAI CHI CHUAN by Wong Kiew Kit, 1st edition 3rd printing 2002, $20.00.
This book, as the title suggests, gives a complete explanation of Tai Chi Chuan, from the most basic to the most advanced levels. It has something for everybody interested in the art, or in their own or others' well-being. This book provides invaluable information, culled from the accumulated wisdom of the greatest Tai Chi Chuan masters. It is written as a self-teaching manual. In excellant condition, 317 pages, 6" x 9 3/8" softcover

Tai Chi Chuan

TAI CHI Classics by Waysun Liao, $18.00.
This book is an introductory text rather than a complete training manual. Therefore, it is intended only to serve as a source of reference for the beginner and as a guide in the understanding and practice of the art for the advanced student. Master Liao provides a description of the entire sequence of T'ai Chi movements, illustrated by his own line drawings. In excellant condition, 210 pages, 6" x 9" softcover

Tai Chi Classics

TAI CHI HANDBOOK by Herman Kauz, 1974, $20.00.
The ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi explained and demonstrated in words and photographs - showing the rhythmic co-ordination, balance, and harmony with nature developed by the practice of this relaxed mental-physical exercise. In excellant condition, 191 pages, 7" x 10 1/4" softcover

TAI CHI Handbook


SHINKENDO TAMESHIGIRI by Toshishiro Obata, 1st edition 2005, $30.00.
Tameshigiri is the practice of test-cutting with a Japanese sword. The purpose of tameshigiri is to test not only the quality of the sword but also the technique of the swordsman, and it is an important part of the study of traditional swordsmanship. This book will provide the correct knowledge of tameshigiri, the history, purpose, and proper etiquette in order to conduct practice safely and meaningfully. In excellant condition, 171 pages, 7" x 10" softcover



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