Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido Style and Batto-do Instructional DVD
By: Headmaster Crandall

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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 Instructional DVD by Headmaster Clifford C. Crandall, Jr.

From Back Cover (by Headmaster Crandall):

This DVD, in combination with the Takenouchi-Hangan-Ryu-Matsuno-Crandall Iaido Style Textbook, documents a 300 year-old art in all of its beauty and history. In the fast paced world around us the concept, and even the word itself, of Tradition seems to be scoffed at as obsolete. Yet in the martial arts there is no better place to take a stand regarding the value of Tradition and the honor, loyalty, courtesy, truth and wisdom it represents. The samurai philosophy, the code of the knights of the round table, the importance of the Greeks and their thoughts, all have a place in our desire to be better than we are and the most that we can be. It's not about efficiency; it's about a right way and a wrong way.

This DVD presents the ceremony, traditions, bowing respect, cleaning of the sword, attire, parts of the sword, demonstration of 25 Iaido forms and 8 traditional Batto-do forms, as well as the six primary competition cuts for Batto.

I was fortunate to have had Headmaster Tsuneyoshi Matsuno as an instructor, who made sure I would have all of the information of the style before he made me his successor. This is what I am doing with my students and yet I believe strongly that I cannot take the chance that any part of this tradition should be lost or changed. With this DVD and the textbook there will be no question as to what was intended, what existed and what is necessary for this style's history to be maintained. I do this for my students and out of loyalty and respect for my late Headmaster Matsuno and my gratitude and respect for my batto instructor and friend Master Fumio Demura.

May you who train in the samurai tradition find peace at the end of every day and purpose in every morning.