top of page

If the Way of the warrior is the soul of Japan, their magnificent swords were the tools utilized to form the nation and forge their spirit. You’ll find an abundance of information in this special Via Media anthology in support of this thesis. The chapters inspire further research and practice in the Japanese sword arts, and bring a greater appreciation for their unique place in world history and culture. A Via Media title of special interest to all budoka.


The Sword in Japanese Martial Traditions

    • Swordsmanship and Neo-Confucianism: The Tengu’s Art, by Jonathan Seckler, B.A. 
    • The History of Iaido: A Japanese Sword Art, by Kimberley Taylor, M.Sc.
    • How to Watch Iaido, by Nicklaus Suino, M.A.
    • An Interview with Japanese Sword Instructor Haruna Matsuo, by Kimberley Taylor, M.Sc.  
    • The Omori-ryu: A History and Explanation, by Kimberley Taylor, M.Sc. and Goyo Ohmi
    • Kindred Spirits: The Art of the Sword in Germany and Japan, by S. Matthew Galas, Esq.
    • Amateur Saya Craft: Scabbards in the Making, by Richard W. Babin, Ed.D.
    • A Proper Upbringing: Kendo in Canada 1900-1950, by Joseph R. Svinth, M.A.
    • Properly Gripping the Sword in Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido, by Nicklaus Suino, M.A.
    • Eishin-ryu’s Poetic Tradition for Transmitting Secrets of Swordsmanship, by Andrew J. Bryant, B.A.
    • Muso Shinden-ryu Iaido, by Deborah Klens-Bigman, Ph.D.
    • Niten Ichi-ryu and Shinto-ryu, by Kimberley Taylor, M.Sc.
  • 6x9 paperback, 206 pages, 187 illustrations

bottom of page