Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent

Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent

by John Maki Evans
     
 

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On the first day of training, sword and human meet as alien objects; over time, they become one living thing. Eventually the blade will magnify and project the actions of the body, reflect mood and mindset, and ultimately reveal the pathway to the core of being.

Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent sets out eight basic principles of swordsmanship common to all

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On the first day of training, sword and human meet as alien objects; over time, they become one living thing. Eventually the blade will magnify and project the actions of the body, reflect mood and mindset, and ultimately reveal the pathway to the core of being.

Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent sets out eight basic principles of swordsmanship common to all Japanese sword schools. Accomplished martial artist John Maki Evans provides practical examples from his experience with the sword arts as well as Mikkyo (Japanese esoteric Buddhism) and shugendo (mountain asceticism). In Mikkyo, the dragon Kurikara is a manifestation of the bodhisattva Fudo Myo O, whose sword represents the ability to cut through illusion and attachment. This leads to the development of an inner energy that allows one to "burn up" all obstacles to spiritual freedom.

The first foreign student to train with Nakamura Taisaburo sensei-widely acknowledged as the master of the sword art battodo-Evans clearly explains how skill can be systematically developed through tanren, exercises that meld "inner" and "outer" power. Filled with fascinating anecdotes from Evans's training in Japan, Kurikara is an inspirational and useful guide to Japanese sword practice.

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"Useful for all martial artists, including people who train Chinese martial arts."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583942444
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
997,584
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

John Maki Evans teaches yoga and battodo in London. He is the director of the Islington Yoga School, which teaches Shadow Yoga, and is head teacher of the Fudokan Battodo dojo, affiliated with the International Battodo Federation. He lives in London.

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