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Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido Textbook

By: Kyoshi Nathan Morris and Headmaster Crandall


The American Martial Arts Institute and Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido school are proud to announce the publication and international release of an Iaido Style Textbook by Kyoshi Nathan Morris and Headmaster Clifford Crandall, Jr. The martial arts has historically been passed on from generation to generation by traditional teaching methods and written notes. Fortunately, the written notes often took the form of books that truly allowed the intricacies of a particular style to stay alive in the minds and movements of the students who studied that particular art form. For the students of Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall, a three hundred year old samurai sword style, this documentation has now become a reality.

Never before have the teachings of Headmaster Tsuneyoshi Matsuno been documented, nor have the heritage which is taught by his chosen successor, Headmaster Clifford Crandall Jr., been put in written form for the world to see. 

“Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido Style and Batto-do Text” written by Kyoshi Nathan Morris and coauthored by Clifford C. Crandall Jr., has become the foundation for this ancient style in the world. This book covers philosophy, katas, postures, history, batto-do, sword parts, muto dori and some of the personal past of the late Headmaster Matsuno.

Chapter I - Tsuneyoshi Matsuno, Late Headmaster

Tsuneyoshi Matsuno, My Late Headmaster
Headmaster Matsuno’s Points of Importance
Memories of My Father by Nobuko Bolt
Headmaster Crandall’s Path in Iaido


Chapter II - History & Philosophy

Philosophy of Iaido
The Eyes of a Student in Martial Arts
Bushi no Me (Eyes of a Samurai)
What is being a Samurai? What is the Way?

Chapter III - Class Procedures & Uniform

Iaido Uniform
Bowing to the Training Hall/Founder
Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Titles and Ranking System
Class Procedures
Opening Reiho (male)
Opening Reiho (female)
Cleansing of the Room
Closing Reiho (male)
Closing Reiho (female)


Chapter IV - Swords

Three Swords to Learn By
Major Parts of the Sword
Anatomy of the Sword
Sword Etiquette
Folding the Paper
Cleaning the Sword


Chapter V - Iaido Forms

Male Iaido Forms by Level
Female Iaido Forms by Level
Chi-no-Kodachi Kata
Ten-no-Kodachi Kata


Chapter VI - Batto-Do

Batto-Do and its History
Learning Batto-Do
Batto-Do Competition Etiquette
Hatto-Noto (resheathing exercises)
Kumi Tachi
Ippon me - Attack the Front
Nihon me - Attack the Right


Chapter VII - Muto Dori Techniques

Muto Dori
Muto Dori Techniques


Chapter VIII - Japanese - English Terminology


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