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Samurai Sword BATTO-DO Series Vol-4 Tameshigiri by Fumio Demura


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Samurai Sword BATTO-DO Series

Vol-4 Tameshigiri

By Fumio Demura


Demura Fumio, born September 15, 1938 in Yokohama, Japan is a well known master of karate and kobudo (traditional weaponry). Demura holds the rank of 9th dan in Shitō-ryū Karate. At the age of 9 (1947/48), he began training in karate and kendo under an instructor named Asano. At 12 he started training under Ryusho Sakagami in Itosu-kai karate. Demura received his 1st dan black belt in 1956, and won the East Japan Championships in 1957. In 1959, he began training in kobudo, under Taira Shinken. In 1963, he “came to know the Koga Ryu Ninjutsu Soke, Seiko Fujita- a 14th Generation Koga Ryu Ninja”. Demura met martial arts scholar Donn Draeger, who introduced him to Dan Ivan, who would eventually bring him to the United States of America as a karate instructor.

Vol-4 TAMASHIGIRI (test cutting)

During the Edo period, only the most skilled swordsmen were chosen to test swords, so that the swordsman’s skill was not questionable in determining how well the sword cut. The materials used to test swords varied greatly. Some substances were wara (rice straw), goza (the top layer of tatami mats), bamboo, and thin steel sheets. In addition, there were a wide variety of cuts used on cadavers and occasionally convicted criminals, from tabi-gata (ankle cut) to O-kesa (diagonal cut from shoulder to opposite hip). The names of the types of cuts on cadavers show exactly where on the body the cut was made. Aside from specific cuts made on cadavers, there were the normal cuts of Japanese swordsmanship, i.e. downward diagonal Kesa-giri (袈裟斬り), upward diagonal (Kiri-age (切上) or Gyaku-kesa (逆袈裟)), horizontal (Yoko or Tsuihei), and straight downward (Jodan-giri, Happonme, Makko-giri (真向斬り), Shinchoku-giri or Dottan-giri).

Item: em3-85-15  ISBN: 0694536339750   TRT: 25 minutes

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