View Full Version : Iaido books
08-11-2004, 05:49 AM
I asked some people to reccomend some Iaido books to me, so I can increase my knowledge of its Philosophy, History and its various techniques. I was reccomended by a good source for the below books, how do you rate them?
Nicholas Suino: The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship: A manual of Eishin-Ryu Iaido.
Gordon Warner & Donn F Dreager: Japanese Swordsmanship
10-04-2004, 02:17 PM
Warner/Draeger is the closest there is to a standard text on the subject. Other books - I'm currently reading Dave Lowry's Autumn Lightning, which I strongly recommend. Actually, many would tell you to pick up *any* book written by either Draeger or Lowry - which is not at all a bad suggestion.
As far as techniques are concerned, you should bear in mind that practically any technical manual will be school-specific, such as the Suino title you mentioned (Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu). Personally, I haven't found that much use for the technical books - I browse through them and pick up some interesting details here and there, but the bulk of the learning has to be done in the dojo. For a general overview, check out the Koryu Bujutsu books edited by Meik and Diane Skoss.
vBulletin® v3.6.8, Copyright ©2000-2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.