Classical Weaponry of Japan: Special Weapons and Tactics of the Martial Arts

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Kodansha International, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 217 pages
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Serge Mol?s earlier volume,Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsuis already destined to become a classic.

Classical Weaponry of Japanis a continuation of that first book. It is an in-depth study of more than a hundred exotic special weapons and associated weapon techniques used by various koryu jujutsu schools.

Each weapon will be shown in photographs accompanied by detailed explanations about history and usage. The book treats 100 weapons in depth and refers to 300. Where possible, photos will be included of present-day Japanese grandmasters demonstrating the way the weapons were used.

In addition to the weapons, the author introduces and explains the characteristics of about twenty special weapon arts that were developed around these weapons. The relation of these special weapon arts to other fighting systems is also discussed.

Many of the weapons included in this work once belonged to secret sections within the secret curriculum of ancient jujutsu schools or weapons schools. Certain weapons that remained hidden for centuries have recently been uncovered; Mol includes photos of them and offers ideas about how they may have been used and even shows grandmasters demonstrating their use. Others that became well known around the world, such as the famous shuriken or kusarigama, are discussed in new ways here. However, the majority of the weapons treated inClassical Weaponry of Japanare not widely known, and so will be of great interest to practitioners of martial arts and weapon
collectors or enthusiasts.

The book is heavily illustrated, with rare photos of weapons, techniques, ancient text scrolls, illustrated scrolls, and woodblock prints. It will have a foreword by Tanaka Fumon and one by another grandmaster who is an expert in the field of secret weapons.

Classical Weaponry of Japanwill be the first book in any of the major Western languages to comprehensively treat the special or secret weapons that are still known today.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION 11
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BLADED WEAPONS
17
SMALL HANDHELD WEAPONS
45
Tenouchi weapons
46
The use of small handheld weapons in atemijutsu and kyushojutsu
49
Shutogane
50
Tessho
52
Suntetsu
54
Tanbo
94
Hananejibo
95
Hananeji no jutsu
96
Hishigi
97
Tansaibo
98
Asayama Ichiden Ryu bogyakudorijutsu
99
Tegiribo
100
MISCELLANEOUS MINOR WEAPONS SMALL HOGU
101

Suntetsujutsu
55
Tekken
59
Musashi kaiken
60
Nagao Ryu tekkan
63
Nanbankagi
65
TRUNCHEONLIKE WEAPONS
67
Truncheonlike weapons and goho
68
Common characteristics of fighting systems using truncheonlike weapons
69
Metal truncheonlike weapons
70
Tetto
73
Naeshi
74
Naeshijutsu
75
Jutte
76
Juttejutsu
80
Tessen
81
Tessenjutsu
83
Tenarashi
87
Buyokiseru
88
Yatate
90
Ararebo
91
Hanbojutsu
92
Tobiguchi
103
Kanamuchi
104
Yagyuzue
106
Yumiorezue
108
Tamazue or tamabo
109
Kakute
110
Kaginawa
113
Kannawa
114
Fundonawa
115
Hayatejo
116
Tenouchi
117
Toda Ryus tonomonojutsu and tenouchijutsu
119
Kyoketsu shoge
121
Shuko and ashiko
122
Kunai
123
Metsubushi
124
CHAIN WEAPONS
125
SHURIKEN ANDSHURIKENJUTSU
155
DECEPTIVE WEAPONS
185
Acknowledgments
204
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About the author (2003)


SERGE MOL is the author of the acclaimedClassical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide To Koryu Jujutsu, and is the first and only non-Japanese to have received the rank of menkyo kaiden in Enshin Ryu Iai, Suemonogiri, Kenpo and Yawara, or to have received menkyo in Hoki Ryu Juutsu.

Before specializing in classical martial arts, Mol also studied various modern budo including kendo, iaido and judo; he has dan ranking in iaido and judo.

Mol has lived and trained in Japan for several years as a direct disciple of Grandmaster Tanaka Fumon-one of Japan's foremost authorities on classical martial arts and special weaponry-and Grandmaster Nakashima Atsumi. In addition to more orthodox classical martial arts such as jujutsu, iaijutsu, kenjutsu, and bojutsu, the author has studied the use of various hibuki (secret weapons) and kakushibuki (concealed weapons). The author's relationship with these grandmasters and reliance solely on original Japanese materials-many of which are ancient, secret texts-make his work uniquely reliable.

Mol lives in Belgium and travels frequently to Japan for additional training and research.

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