The “12 Rules of The Sword” – Ancient Samurai Text Gives Advice

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12 Rules of the Sword
Tired of all the martial arts texts written by today’s non-traditionalists? Now, you can get the word straight from the masters themselves. Erich Shahan is a 3rd degree black belt in Kobudō and also happens to be a Japanese translator, specializing in Japanese martial arts texts. His latest translation is a sixteenth century text entitled The Twelve Rules of the Sword, originally by Ito Ittosai. The Twelve Rules is essentially a manual for samurai in battle. Ittosai, born circa 1560, was a Japanese swordsman who, legend has it, never once lost a duel against the head students of 33 schools. He founded the One Cut katana sword fighting school where

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