Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

by Nicklaus Suino Sensei
Weatherhill ISBN 0-8348-0339-9 103 pages $14.95

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship was published in 1995 by Weatherhill Books. To become an expert swordsman, one must pay close attention to detail, be highly self-critical, and practice diligently every day under the guidance of a good teacher. Unfortunately, contact time with a worthy mentor is limited for most. This book fills this obvious gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bokuto (wooden sword) drills to supplement to formal class activity of forms practice. Both single and two-person drills are presented, some common to iaido and kenjutsu, others extracted from iaido forms by the author and used to teach his own students the proper ways of drawing, parrying, and cutting. Each drill is illustrated with step-by-step drawings to help students hone their techniques; together they provide a comprehensive system of general skill development for anyone interested in using the Japanese sword.

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