Samurai Weapons

Martial Arts
$17.95
Current Stock:
SKU:
9784805312957
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
ISBN:
9784805312957
Format:
Paperback
Date Published:
08/05/2014
Illustrations:
120 images: color and b&w photos, engravings, line art
Number of Pages:
208
Trim Size:
6 X 9

Unlock the secrets of the legendary weapons of the samurai with is illustrated samurai guide!

While the samurai is well known as the military nobility of medieval Japan, their range of weapons, which went far beyond the katana, bow, and spear, is lesser known. For instance, some weapons, like the tesson, or iron fan, were used in secret where samurai swords were not allowed. Others were improvised, with warriors using whatever fighting tool was at hand. In Samurai Weapons, readers will follow the story of Zenigata Heiji, among others, who developed an uncanny ability to use heavy coins as dangerous weapons by throwing them like bullets.

Author Don Cunningham, who held ranks in judo, jujutsu, and kendo, including a second dan license from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, gives us a historical look at these ancient arms in a way that's useful for novices and samurai experts alike.

Chapters cover such rich details as:
  • Japanese martial arts culture
  • Hidden weapons
  • Sensu, truncheons, and polearms
Learn how and why samurai weapons included not only the sword of popular lore but also a variety of others. Cunningham describes the society of Japan, how the samurai class arose, and the place in society that samurai held through the centuries, focusing in particular on the various weaponry they used, how they used it, and why. Samurai Weapons highlights how these weapons and fighting styles have influenced various schools of Japanese martial arts.


About the Author:
Don Cunningham, Ph.D., has studied and written about Japanese modern and traditional martial arts for more than thirty years and is a frequent contributor to martial arts publications. He is currently an assistant professor at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.