Cutting Targets with the Japanese Sword
Practical Tameshigiri and Battodo
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Cutting Targets with the Japanese Sword by Richard Babin
Book DescriptionRichard Babin demonstrates the arts of test cutting (tameshigiri) and sworsmanship (battodo). With co-author, Sensei Bob Elder, founder and president of the US Federation of Battodo and the US Federation of Toyama Ryu, Babin covers every aspect of the test-cutting process, including the selection of an appropriate blade, the construction of targets and stands, and the mechanics of cutting, all while emphasising safety and proper attitude. This invaluable guide also teaches modern swordsmen how to completely rehabilitate a military sword for use in cutting, including straightening, sharpening and polishing the blade and making a new handle and scabbard. About the Author Richard W. Babin, BS, M.D., is a practising surgeon who served two years active duty in the USAF as chief of head and neck surgery at Maxwell Field during the Vietnam conflict. His interest in the martial arts began with several years of judo in the 1960s in San Francisco.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781581604856
(280mm x 216mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Paladin Press,U.S.
Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Richard Babin
Richard W. Babin, BS, M.D., is a practicing surgeon who served two years active duty in the USAF as chief of head and neck surgery at Maxwell Field during the Vietnam conflict. His interest in the martial arts began with several years of judo in the 1960s in San Francisco. Upon entering private practice he began studying yang-style taiji, which he still pursues. He has practiced muso shinden ryu iaido for eight years and has been awarded the rank of Sandan by the All-U.S. Kendo Federation.
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