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Tsurugi (3 dvd)

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The Tsurugi or Chinese sword is the ancestor of the Tachi and of the Katana. It has been in use in Japan until the end of the Heian period (circa 12th century). This is a very difficult sword to train with and it has been thetheme of study for 2013.

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The Tsurugi or Chinese sword is the ancestor of the Tachi and of the Katana. It has been in use in Japan until the end of the Heian period (circa 12th century). This is a very difficult sword to train with and it has been thetheme of study for 2013.
Because the blade is straight, double edged and not balanced, the footwrok is the key to use it properly. The Tsurugi is from Chinese origin and has been the major weapon since the beginning of the Chinese dynasties. This is by far the sword that has been used the longest in human history (over 30 centuries to compare with the Tachi - 5 centuries; and the Katana - 2 centuries).
The Tsurugi is the origin of the Japanese swordmanship. Every sword Ryûha created before the Kamakura period was using a Tsurugi. It is a very important weapon to study as it created all the other sword systems of Japan.

This series of 3 DVDs were recorded after one of my Japanese trips in 2013 and show how to utilize this fantastic weapon. AS there are no techniques that survived, the techniques from the Kukishin Ryû and Togakure Ryû as well as the Sanshin no Kata are taught with a "Tsurugi" approach.