Am I the only one to notice that in the past several years, the number of quality books on Japanese martial arts being published has dwindled considerably compare to, say a decade or so ago? One reason the number of new posts here on Acme Bugei has dropped is that I have been trying to find some books to post positive reviews on. I have a couple of books I may review in the future, but in both cases, the reviews would be far from Continue Reading »


Considering some of the comments that flew around after my last review, I considered not doing one again, but in the end it is just my opinion so take it or leave it as you will.

Review: Famous Japanese Swordsmen series by William de Lange

From 2006 to 2008 William de Lange published a three part series on the history of some of Japan’s more famous swordsmen. In the order of publication of the volumes of this series was Famous Japanese Swordsmen of the Warring States Period which is about Iizasa Choisai Ienao and Kamiizumi Ise no Kami Nobutsuna, Famous Japanese Swordsmen of the Two Courts Period featuring Nenami Okuyama Jion and Chujo Hyogo no Kami Nagahide, and concluded with Famous Japanese Swordsmen of The Period of Unification, which is about Ono Jiroemon Tadaaki and Yagyu Tajima no Kami Munenori. Continue Reading »

As many of you have probably noticed, there hasn’t been much action here on Acme Bugei as of late. Reasons are numerous but mostly come down to the combination of being busy in everyday life and most of my attention in the budo realm being focused on trying to run my own group, working on material that I wouldn’t consider “public” knowledge as it were and starting a massive rewrite of my old “Adaptive Traditions” paper, which someday may end up as a book (most likely privately published. don’t ask when, I’d say at least ten years in the future considering the amount of material I have to work through, if I even go that route). With that said, I have a couple ideas floating around for Acme material, but it will still take awhile to get around to them.

Regarding new links, the Hoki-ryu Seiyokai address has changed to http://hokiryuseiyokai.com/

Also Araki-ryu Gunyo Kogusoku training is now available in the UK, being run under a long time friend. Check them out at http://arakiryugunyokogusoku.wordpress.com/ if you are in the area.

“Newbie Questions”

Seen several times on several forums lately:

“Hi, I am a newer student and want to know more about the concept of ABC”

Continue Reading »

Quick Update

Been extremely busy as for late so not much new material-wise for Acme Bugei. I have however officially started a page (with a design you might have seen somewhere) for the Hoki-ryu group I have been running for awhile now, as we seem to have more or less found a permanent home for training now. The url for the Hoki-ryu Seiyokai is http://hokiryuseiyokai.wordpress.com/

The Curse of Being a Generalist?: A Review of “Classical Swordsmanship of Japan: A Comprehensive Guide to Kenjutsu and Iaijutsu” by Serge Mol.

By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2010. Not to be used without permission

About a decade ago, a little known martial arts researcher named Serge Mol released the book Classical Fighting Arts of Japan: A Complete Guide to Koryu Jujutsu. Having some mutual acquaintances with the author, I was interested in seeing what kind of work this person Continue Reading »

A few people have contacted me wondering about the lack of new content lately. As I mentioned a few posts back, there have been some major shake-ups in the personal side of things, with moving and now starting a new job eating up a huge chunk of my time at the moment. In addition, I spent the majority of the past month off training and getting hunting down new material for my research. While I have some fairly clear ideas on some things I want to write about, earlier this week I hit the jackpot and got a small (or maybe even medium) sized mountain of new material on top of what I obtained last month, so there is a lot of “data processing” going on, if you will, at the moment just organizing and getting a grip on what all I have now (much less actually go over it in detail). With that said I hope to have some new material ready sometime around the end of the month or beginning of the next. Until then!