Mastering the Samurai Sword: A Full-Color, Step-by-Step Guide

Mastering the Samurai Sword: A Full-Color, Step-by-Step Guide

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by Cary Nemeroff

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Includes instructional DVD.

People the world over are fascinated by the legends of the fearsome Japanese samurai warriors and their skill with the sword. While the samurai themselves may no longer exist, the enduring legacy of samurai swordsmanship lives on. It is still taught and used today in the martial arts iai-jutsu and ken-jutsu.

Mastering the Samurai

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Includes instructional DVD.

People the world over are fascinated by the legends of the fearsome Japanese samurai warriors and their skill with the sword. While the samurai themselves may no longer exist, the enduring legacy of samurai swordsmanship lives on. It is still taught and used today in the martial arts iai-jutsu and ken-jutsu.

Mastering the Samurai Sword is an indispensable guide to the intriguing and challenging skills of the samurai. A perfect introduction to the samurai sword, this instructional guide not only covers the history, evolution and philosophy of the classic samurai weapon, but also provides practical guidance for mastering the samurai sword yourself.

Beginners will learn everything from proper attire and behavior in the dojo to how they might practice at home, while more experienced users of the samurai sword will find a new appreciation for the deeper meaning and tradition behind the graceful way of the sword.

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Tuttle Publishing
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Paperback with DVD
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8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Cary Nemeroff has earned 10th degree black belts in a variety of martial arts, including iai-jutsu and ken-jutsu, the subjects of this book. He conducts an extensive program of martial arts classes for adults and children at the JCC of Manhattan, a state-of-the-art fitness and cultural facility.

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Mastering the Samurai Sword: A Full-Color, Step-by-Step Guide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Itokane More than 1 year ago
Do not believe the other reviews!   They must be written by the authors or his friends. This book is not just bad, but unbelievably bad.  In the Japanese Sword community this book is celebrated as comedy. In fact it is considered such a horrible joke that Tuttle should be humiliated over having anything to do with this publishing mess. There is so much wrong in this book that I don't know where to start but how about how the author is dressed?  That alone disqualifies this as a serious work. If you want a decent book on Japanese swordsmanship pick up  Katori Shinto ryu by Koryu Books, Legacies of the Sword by Dr Karl Friday or anything from Donn Draeger.   You've been warned!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an interesting read. And by "interesting" I mean utterly horrible yet amazingly hilarious at the same time. After leafing (/laughing) through the book, I just had to go and watch his performances on YouTube to see him in action. Cary "Soke" Nemeroff does not seem to know any of the basic principles of iai, such as: * Grip (te-no-uchi): You cannot cut properly if you hold the tsuka too squarely. His wrists seem tense. He has the "beginners' grip" yet he calls himself "Soke". * The meaning of hara (belly) as the center of balance and the meaning of center-line. His two-handed cuts often finish with his left hand off the center-line. Generally speaking, the tsuka-gashira should be pointing at your navel when you finish a two-handed cut. * Jo-ha-kyu: The sense of acceleration and timing in kata. His timing is very linear and choppy. * Seme and suki: Maintaining pressure while moving in to attack (seme) and making sure your posture does not have openings (suki) in your posture. * Saya-biki: In the opening cut, you should use saya-biki to generate more power with the left hand instead of just slashing with the right. He has no saya-biki to speak of. * There is a lot of unnecessary movement in the kata, such as the very curious noto (unsheathing) where you pull the saya back *after* finishing the noto. What's the point of finishing the noto in such a position where you are vulnerable and unable to attack again if necessary? I do realize there are many ways to skin a cat, but there are so many things just don't make sense in the book. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! It's very suspicious that nearly all the 5-star reviews here were written within a span three weeks. Did the author ask his students to write positive reviews for this drivel..?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are few martial artists that can equally perform and elaborate about their techniques in an eloquent fashion. Cary Nemeroff does just this! He is obviously very well trained... I would train under him if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a beginner student training in this art I have found this book is an absolute excellent tool for students of all ranks. Not only being a guide, this book includes a CD that demonstrates how you can perfect your moves/techniques and practice at home. Soke starts this book from the evolution of the samurai sword periods and the modern sword period. Although this is only brief in his book, you can certainly gather much more about the Japanese samurai sword. It is a great introduction book that covers a lot of areas. He holds the highest rank and honor that are recognized in the orient. I am looking forward to attending a seminar in the near future. Knowing that it will be the greatest honor and my sincere pleasure to meet him and understand the master of the art.
martial-arts-fan More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent sword book for any library. It contains everything you need to know about starting your samurai sword training. Cary Nemeroff, Soke is knowledgeable about all aspects of Japanese martial arts and so the sword is no exception. The book has great photos and the dvd depicts him in action with various kata. Get this book!
thesmallsensei More than 1 year ago
The book "Mastering the Samurai Sword," by Cary Nemeroff, 10th Dan, is a dedicated masterpiece. This is a "must have" book in your martial art library if you are a serious student. To be able to write a book on so complicated a subject as the Japanese samurai sword, in such a direct and simple manner is a feat in itself. Complete with step-by-step photographs, it also includes a free DVD. Musashi would have been proud of such clarity.

Sensei Gordon, 17 years of martial arts - judo, aikido, samurai sword
Morfie More than 1 year ago
This is authentic iaijutsu. It stems directly from a samurai family. I've confirmed this with unassociated high-ranking people. Even if it wasn't, the techniques and informational pieces in this book are valuable, stemming from the most basic to an "advanced-intermediate" level. There's history, information about the sword and parts of the sword dojo etiquette, position, cutting, kata, and evasive tecniques. After studying in a different system, I picked up this book to see if it had any merit. If I had this when I was starting out, it would've saved me such a headache. It even comes with a DVD.
Sgt.DevilDog More than 1 year ago
Many years ago I had the privilege and honor of training with this Nemeroff Sensei. I believe he began his studies at age 5. I formerly belonged to the same association as Cary and each time I traveled to clinics he was there as student and assistant to his own sensei offering help to all. This is a sensei who truly does leave his "shoes and ego at the door." He is loyal and dedicated to his own stuents and sensei alike. It was an honor to train with and be trained by him and this book and accompanying DVD are well worth the price. It's an outstanding addtion to the martial arts books. I only wish that there were some references to his research but, it's the next best thing to training in Japan or Okinawa.