Flashing Steel, 25th Anniversary Memorial Edition


Sports and Martial Arts

Masayuki Shimabukuro

North Atlantic

Language of origin

Infos :

Trade paperback
380 pages
B&W photos throughout

Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship

Revised and updated, the classic guide to the techniques, philosophy, and applications of iaijutsu–the art of self-defense with the Japanese sword.

The 25th anniversary edition of the best-selling, highly acclaimed classic Flashing Steel introduces updated techniques, drills, and practices for students and practitioners of iaijutsu (or iaido). This complete essential resource on the Japanese sword arts expands on the two previous editions with additional practices, deep attention to foundational elements, and practical techniques–including 55 ways of deploying a samurai sword in self-defense.

Expanded and revised, the memorial edition of Flashing Steel includes updates on promotion guidelines, tournaments, extended series of solo quick-draw exercises, and more, plus two added sets of solo techniques and three added sets of partner exercises to develop timing, distance control, angles of attack and defense, mental focus, and attitude. It provides a deep survey of fundamentals like training progression, preparation, etiquette, and proper sword nomenclature. Students will learn realistic defense and attack scenarios with wider applications to martial arts like kendo and aikido, while absorbing the philosophical tenets that inform and infuse the warrior’s life with meaning and fulfillment.

Organized into 23 chapters with black and white photographs throughout, this anniversary edition also includes an expanded history of iaijutsu, and an updated biography and tribute to the late Masayuki Shimabukuro, with personal anecdotes from the making of Flashing Steel that reveal his life and character.

EXPANDING AUDIENCE: When Flashing Steel was first published in 1995, most of the 10,000 iaijutsu practitioners lived in Japan. Now, there are more than 50,000 practitioners worldwide.

UPDATED AND REVISED: The 25th anniversary memorial edition of Flashing Steel expands upon the elements that first made it the go-to guide on the arts of iaijutsu in the English language in 1995. This edition includes new practices, techniques, drills, and an updated biography of the late Masayuki Shimabukuro.

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE: Flashing Steel is the complete essential resource to understanding the philosophy and practice of the Japanese sword arts, with deep attention paid to foundational elements and practical techniques. The new chapters about Shimabukuro bring to life the philosophical principles of the samurai as they were lived day to day by of the world’s foremost practitioners of the art.

Masayuki Shimabukuro

MASAYUKI SHIMABUKURO was the twenty-first Soshihan (headmaster) of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu and served as chairman of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai. After his death in 2012, the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai posthumously inducted him into their Hall of Fame for his lifetime of contributions to the arts and people he loved.
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