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Self-defense expert James Williams is the founder of Bugei Trading Company, a renowned source for quality Japanese samurai swords and armor. James Williams runs his own school in Encinitas, California, and oversees a network of samurai weapons instructors and students who carry on his nami ryu system around the United States. In this footage shot at Black Belt magazine, sword master James Williams, a five-decade veteran of the martial arts, depicts how to draw, how to sheath, how to handle and how to cut with Japanese samurai swords.

SAMURAI WEAPONS VIDEO Sword Master James Williams Shows You the Basics of Handling Japanese Samurai Swords

Sword Master James Williams on His Samurai Weapons Style, Nami Ryu:
My system, nami ryu, has kenjutsu and iaijutsu, which is a subset of kenjustu that was useful when you had to draw quickly under stress. It also includes jujitsu, which is the strikes, drops and throws that are identical to the moves done with the sword, as well as shurikenjutsu, tantojutsu, hojojutsu, naginatajutsu and some kyudo. But the big three we work with are kenjutsu, iaijutsu and jujitsu.
Sword Master James Williams on the Importance of Students Learning the History of Samurai Weapons When Learning How to Use Japanese Samurai Swords:
I find it critical [to learn the history and culture] because if you're studying a classical art, you're studying a strategy first. If you're studying a battle strategy, you need to know what the landscape is like in Japan to know why things were a certain way. And if you don't study the history, you'll only get a tiny piece of things. For example, were your techniques designed to work against armor or on the battle field or against civilian garb — flesh, bone and silk?

Japanese samurai swords are serious business. Learn more about how to use them safely in James Williams' in-depth FREE Guide — Samurai Weapons: Sword Master James Williams Shows You How to Start Training With Japanese Samurai Swords!

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In addition to being a self-defense expert, James Williams is the founder of Bugei Trading Company, a renowned source for quality swords and armor. Williams runs his own school in Encinitas, California, and oversees a network of instructors and students who carry on his nami ryu system around the United States. In this exclusive video, Williams demonstrates how the tactical flashlight can be used to blind an opponent long enough for you to attack before he does and escape the situation.

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In addition to being a self-defense expert, James Williams is the founder of Bugei Trading Company, a renowned source for quality swords and armor. Williams runs his own school in Encinitas, California, and oversees a network of instructors and students who carry on his nami ryu system around the United States. In this exclusive video, Williams demonstrates how the tactical flashlight can be used to blind an opponent so you have time to fight back with improvised weapons.

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