Flashing Steel, 25th Anniversary Memorial Edition

Get the news you want

Flashing Steel, 25th Anniversary Memorial Edition

Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship

Author: Leonard Pellman, Masayuki Shimabukuro

  • This title has not been released yet. Enter your email below to sign up for a release-date notification that will include an exclusive coupon to receive 30% off the book plus free shipping!

Buy from Our Retail Partners

Revised and updated, the classic guide to the techniques, philosophy, and applications of iaijutsu–the art of self-defense with the Japanese sword.

The 25th anniversary edition of the best-selling, highly acclaimed classic Flashing Steel introduces updated techniques, drills, and practices for students and practitioners of iaijutsu (or iaido). This complete essential resource on the Japanese sword arts expands on the two previous editions with additional practices, deep attention to foundational elements, and practical techniques–including 55 ways of deploying a samurai sword in self-defense.

Expanded and revised, the memorial edition of Flashing Steel includes updates on promotion guidelines, tournaments, extended series of solo quick-draw exercises, and more, plus two added sets of solo techniques and three added sets of partner exercises to develop timing, distance control, angles of attack and defense, mental focus, and attitude. It provides a deep survey of fundamentals like training progression, preparation, etiquette, and proper sword nomenclature. Students will learn realistic defense and attack scenarios with wider applications to martial arts like kendo and aikido, while absorbing the philosophical tenets that inform and infuse the warrior’s life with meaning and fulfillment.

Organized into 23 chapters with black and white photographs throughout, this anniversary edition also includes an expanded history of iaijutsu, and an updated biography and tribute to the late Masayuki Shimabukuro, with personal anecdotes from the making of Flashing Steel that reveal his life and character.


Product Info

Trim Size:
8 x 10
Page Count:
Release Date:

About the Author

MASAYUKI SHIMABUKURO was the twenty-first Soshihan (headmaster) of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaijutsu and served as chairman of the Nippon Kobudo Jikishin-Kai. After his death in 2012, the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai posthumously inducted him into their Hall of Fame for his lifetime of contributions to the arts and people he loved. LEONARD PELLMAN is considered one of the leading authorities on a variety of Japanese and Okinawan budo. His fascination with iaijutsu began in 1973 and he started studying with Shimabukuro Hanshi in 1989. Pellman heads the Seishin-Kan, a member dojo of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai, in San Antonio, Texas.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about downloading or accessing digital files, please refer to our Tech Support page.

For general inquiries, please see our Customer Service page.

To request a review copy, please contact Bevin Donahue at bdonahue@northatlanticbooks.com.

Back to Top