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Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido - Shoden


Product code: BOI-12

£21.50 (24 in stock)

The first manual in a series of three (Chuden & Okuden volumes to follow soon), this detailed pictorial and textual guide to the Shoden level of the Muso Shinden Ryu is unparalleled by any existing publication in the English language.

The books format is clear and easy to follow, describing the whole of the Shoden in detail.  The information starts with the correct Reiho and continues through the intricacies of each of the Shoden Kata, finally ending with a glossary of important terms in both English and Japanese.

Created by Chris Mansfield Sensei, 7th Dan teacher and exponent of the Muso Shinden Koryu system, as an aide to the study and practice of this well subscribed but little documented Ryuha, this manual is a must for practitioners of the Muso Shinden Ryu and will be of great interest to any serious practioners of the Koryu sword drawing arts of Japan.

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Average Rating (3 Reviews): 4 Stars

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  • Excellent
    Review left by:
    Joel B
    19/06/2014
    Rating: 5 Stars

    This is a excellent book by Chris Mansfield Sensei, as always his details and high skill is describing the fundamentals from Shoden, this is a book that does not need to be a hardcopy it is perfectly easy light to carry to seminars and to make notes in. I am very greatful of all the Shoden, Chuden and now even Okuden book of Muso Shinden Ryu, there is nothing I miss in the books at all.


  • Manage your expectations
    Review left by:
    Bill Price
    15/05/2014
    Rating: 3 Stars

    The content is exactly as described in the description above but be aware that this is not a book with high production values. At best it is an A5-sized pamphlet-format manual with soft covers and as such I do question it's cost. Content is undoubtedly useful and Nine Circles service is it's usual excellence. I just wonder about the manuals lasting ability if it is well-thumbed during its life.


  • Excellent learners textbook
    Review left by:
    Stanley Cheong
    27/11/2011
    Rating: 5 Stars

    The manual excels as stated in the product description as the most detailed in terms of text and visual descriptions of the katas of the Shoden level of the Muso Shinden Ryu. As my work does not permit me to be at the dojo for great lengths of time, this manual serves as a guide and reminder when I am only left with the option to practice by myself overseas. The manual will be extremely valuable for Iai practioners under the lineage of Ishido Sensei as Chris Mansfield Sensei is.


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