Matters of Life and Death:
Essays in Bud



Kenjutsu, the art of swordsmanship, is the most highly respected of all Japanese martial arts. Though other weapon systems preceded the sword in the military history of Japan, none compare in depth and complexity with kenjutsu. Generations of swordsmen devoted their entire lives to  the study of every conceivable variation in the use of the weapon. Not satisfied with mere variations in technique, they explored and developed the strategic and philosophical aspects of swordsmanship, penetrating  to the spiritual and physical core of conflict itself.

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