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Are you getting adventurous today and thinking of carving the Thanksgiving turkey with a samurai sword? Let's hope the turkey's tender as can be this Thanksgiving so you don't bend your blade cutting through it!

The subject of Japanese swordsmanship during the holidays is a delicate one. Thanksgiving Day is definitely not the time for practice. When you're standing in front of a roasted turkey,katanadrawn and relatives looking on, the last thing you want to do is rehearse your swing. It won't impress anyone.

The time to hone your technique is now. Then, when the moment of truth arrives, you'll be able to razor off perfect slices of juicy white meat like Miyamoto Musashi. (If you tried to slice up your bird this Thanksgiving and ran into trouble, then this article is for YOU so you can bone up for next year's Thanksgiving.)

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In this exclusive e-book excerpt from Budoshoshinshu: The Warrior's Primer of Daidoji Yuzan, the teacher and military philosopher advocates the often-overlooked benefits of curiosity, discipline and commitment.

Editor's Note: The following text is an adapted excerpt from the samurai training philosophy e-book Budoshoshinshu: The Warrior's Primer of Daidoji Yuzan, translated by William Scott Wilson (who also translated the samurai training philosophy e-book Ideals of the Samurai: Writings of Japanese Warriors.) Budoshoshinshu: The Warrior's Primer of Daidoji Yuzan is a collection of 56 essays promoting the ideals of the samurai class, which were fading from favor during the author's lifetime (1639-1730).It is essential for men who would be warriors, even if they are of low rank, to select a respected instructor of military affairs, receive instructions in the martial arts, and to come to a deep and detailed understanding of even the secret principles of military strategy.
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In this EXCLUSIVE video, we take you into the studio, behind the cameras, for a glimpse of a true sword master in action! This is some of the last footage of Masayuki Shimabukuro shot at Black Belt magazine -- and perhaps anywhere.

As Black Belt's director of digital media, I have been privileged to meet, interview and work with some of the world's greatest martial arts masters — men and women of great skill, poise, humility, humor and knowledge in their chosen style of practice. In 2011, I had the distinct honor of hosting samurai weapons master and Black Belt Hall of Fame member Masayuki Shimabukuro at the Black Belt video studio to shoot the three-DVD set Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship. It would be the second of two Masayuki Shimabukuro DVD sets for which I was privileged to serve as project supervisor.

As Black Belt's director of digital media, I have been privileged to meet, interview and work with some of the world's greatest martial arts masters — men and women of great skill, poise, humility, humor and knowledge in their chosen style of practice. In 2011, I had the distinct honor of hosting samurai weapons master and Black Belt Hall of Fame member Masayuki Shimabukuro at the Black Belt video studio to shoot the three-DVD set Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship. It would be the second of two Masayuki Shimabukuro DVD sets for which I was privileged to serve as project supervisor

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Watch the late Masayuki Shimabukuro use a short samurai sword for swift and graceful cutting of a single-roll tatami mat!

"The fundamentals of cutting with the short sword are the same as the fundamentals of the long sword," says samurai weapons expert Carl E. Long, "except that we use the arm as an extension of the first part of the blade." In this samurai weapons demonstration with the short sword, Carl E. Long and the late eighth-dan swordmaster Masayuki Shimabukuro describe and portray how a single rolled tatami can be cut with the most refined technique and accuracy.

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