Description - Flashing Steel by Masayuki Shimabukuro
Throughout the book, the authors refer to the art of iaijutsu, rather than the more common equivalent term iaido, in order to emphasize how unique Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu is among the various schools of iaijutsu. The distinctions of Eishin-Ryu from similar styles are more often a measure of battlefield effectiveness than variations in aesthetic qualities which makes this title valuable to both Eishin-Ryu and other schools. Iaijutsu is the art of samurai swordsmanship in self-defence. Iaijutsu is distinguished from kenjutsu (the samurai sword employed in attack) by the fact that the practitioner begins each technique with the sword sheathed. By its nature, then, iaijutsu has many similarities to "internal" martial arts.The essence of the art is mental preparation and discipline. Iaijutsu, literally translated, means "the art of remaining face-to-face" and, since there are no wounding or restraining techniques with the samurai sword, it is tacitly the art of remaining face-to-face with death.
Philosophically, this consciousness of the imminence of death creates a recognition of the preciousness of life, and forms the foundation for living life to its fullest - focusing on what is truly important. Respect for life and dignity, personal discipline, and a propensity for action thus become second nature to the iaijutsu practitioner.
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(235mm x 178mm x 22mm)
North Atlantic Books,U.S.
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Author Biography - Masayuki Shimabukuro
Born in 1948 in Osaka, Japan, Shimabukuro Shihan is currently 7th dan in Musa Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu, and holds the coveted title of Kyoshi (Warrior Instructor). As chairman of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai USA and the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai International, he is responsible for disseminating Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu and maintaining its high standards of instruction in all countries outside of Japan. His duties regularly take him throughout North, Central, and South America.
Pellman Sensei was first introduced to traditional Japanese martial arts at the age of 14 when, in 1966, his parents enrolled him in a judo school in San Diego, California. His fascination with iaijutsu began in 1973 and he started studying with Shimabukuro Hanshi in 1991. As a senior member of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai USA, Pellman Sensei currently heads the Indiana branch dojo of the Jikishin-Kai.