If you've been around koryu folk for any time at all, you will have heard of what many refer to as the "Holy Grail" of books on Japanese swordsmanship, Otake Risuke's The Deity and the Sword. This 3-volume set detailing the curriculum of the Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto-ryu was originally published 30 years ago, and has been out of print for some time now. Copies routinely appear on e-bay with price tags in excess of $500.00. This, despite a design based on Japanese standards, an uneven translation, and at times difficult to decipher presentation.
For those of you who have despaired of ever being able to acquire a copy, we have the ultimate, and far less expensive, solution: Katori Shinto-ryu: Warrior Tradition. It is based on the earlier three-volume work and has been re-edited, re-translated, and re-designed, with over 850 new photographs and new material on important aspects of the tradition. For those who want to read Otake Sensei's original words, the entire Japanese text is also included.
Not many of Japan's ancient warrior traditions have survived the five-and-a-half centuries since their heyday. Katori Shinto-ryu: Warrior Tradition documents one of the few that has maintained its comprehensive technical curriculum as well as studies in military strategy and prognostication. Written by the tradition's only master teacher, and authorized by its soke, this book a detailed illustrated introduction to the sword techniques, strategy, and esoteric studies of the Katori Shinto-ryu. You can't afford to miss this book! And now it is even more affordable as a soft-cover book.
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