Kenjutsu was the foundation of the Samurai martial training. The sword defined the ancient warrior. Training in its use was the highest priority for these warriors and they spent their lives in that pursuit. Swords were respected and cared for to a greater degree than in any other warrior society. This deep respect and care is reflected both in the beauty and function of the sword as well as in the skilled training necessary for its use.
The proper use of the sword in ancient Japan was to protect and defend the nation and the lives of its people. This deep moral commitment was essential in the training of the warrior so that the sword was used to benefit the society. Satsujin ken, katsujin ken, the sword that cuts down evil is the sword that gives life to those upon whom evil would prey, was the guiding principle of the Samurai of noble character. The warrior who gained skill in the use of the sword had the enormous responsibility of using that skill for good. To abuse this power was evil and it was the responsibility of the noble warrior to constrain those of evil nature who would use the sword to do harm to the innocent.
James Williams, Kaicho of Nami ryu Aiki Heiho, has been studying and teaching martial arts for over 45 years. He is the president of Bugei Trading Company, inc. and has extensive knowledge of both classical Samurai arts as well as the swords that the samurai used in practicing these arts. The techniques and strategies presented in this video are the product of over four and a half decades of knowledge. James has taught seminars and given demonstrations both in the United and States and abroad.
Filmed in High Quality Color and Sound. Running time approximately 40 minutes.
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