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"Gunyou Senkou Zukai Gassatsu"
Illustrated Guide
Samurai Military Formations & Service
What is this book about?
     Written 300+ years ago in 1708, this is an antique Japanese book on Samurai strategy and other related info. Most strategy books were full of words, but this one is full of pictures! Furthermore, it was full-colored which makes it even more rare.  

     Available are the full English translation AND a 1:1 exact replica of this antique manual.
Senkou no Maki, Samurai tactical formation in battlefield
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(Total 62 pages with content. Pages were randomly flipped, not all were shown.)
     "Gunyou Senkou Zukai Gassatsu" is a 300+ years old ancient Samurai manual written in 1708. Besides being a full colored antique book, it was also written in classical Japanese and used old-style Kanji which are not used today. This book describes the military formation, procedures, and tactics of the Samurai.

Explanation of Page 28 and Page 29
"Labeling The Enemy's Heads"

     Samurai are known to behead their enemies in battle, and these heads brought back for rewards. These 2 pages describes the procedure for labeling the heads and bringing them back to the Commander (Taisho).

Explanation of Page 56 and Page 57
"Formation For Melee Combat"

     These 2 pages describes the Samurai's battle formation as they get into melee combat, with the "Ichiban-Yari" (First Spear) leading the way.

     The Red Dots represent the Vanguard Team. Notice that there is only 1 dot (warrior) leading in the front.

Full English Translation & Replica

Inherit A Piece of Samurai History

 To help you to have 1st hand direct access to this historical Samurai manual, I have created 2 things for you:
  1. A full English translation
  2. Accurate 1:1 replica of this antique manual
I hope that when you hold a reproduced copy of this antique manual in your hands, you can get closer to authentic Samurai history and inspire you to devote more of yourself down this path of practicing & preserving Japanese martial arts.
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Direct References To Historical Sources
     Imagine you're having a discussion or writing an article on Samurai history, now you have a direct 1st-hand reference to historical sources to make your points authentic.

     There is a total of 62 pages in this ancient Samurai manual, majority are colored drawings. As much as possible, the original Japanese words are kept intact, with the English translation nearby them. But sometimes, due to space constraints, I will erase the Japanese words and replace them with the English equivalent.
Gunyou Senkou Zukai, English Translation Digital Copy
Instant Download, FREE Lifetime Updates
     The English Translation is available as an  e-Book for instant download as a PDF file. When you purchase it, you're also entitled to FREE life-time updates. If there are any new information or new interpretation of certain words in the manual, this English translated e-Book will be updated, and you will receive the updated version for FREE.

     I hope that it will be useful in your martial arts practice & study. I also hope that the original author will be proud that, even after 300 years, people are still reading his book.
1:1 Accurately Reproduced Manual, Gunyou Senkou Zukai
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1:1 Accurately Reproduced Manual
     As the years go by, these antique manuals may eventually be extinct from this world, either by losing it, or it gets damaged irreversibly from circumstances such as worm holes.

     I've carefully scanned each page delicately, and used Photoshop to clean up the wormholes, so that you can get a 1:1 accurately reproduced manual.

     Produced based on traditional methods, using string-binding and the page-folding method of printing. each one is sealed in wrapping when they are sent to you.

     You can bring this to your Dojo, or pass it down as a family heirloom. Who knows? Maybe a few hundred years from now, someone else might find your copy instead!

Making Of This Ancient Manual

     How did people in the past, without access to modern technology, printed on both sides of the paper?

     The answer: They didn't print on both sides of the paper. The content was printed onto 1 long sheet of paper, then folded into half. The right half became the odd-numbered pages, and the left half became the even-numbered pages.

     This method doubled the amount of paper being used, and this was faithfully replicated.

What You Will Receive

You will be able to download the English version instantly,
while the actual replica manual will be mailed to you.
English translation PDF of Gunyou Senkou Zukai
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Full color printing
64 pages
23.5cm by 17cm
Traditional stitch-binding
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You will be one of the few people to have a copy of this antique Samurai manual. I hope you will put it to good use and pass it on.
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Hear from others who've gotten this ancient Samurai manual!
American Okinawan Karate Academy
Willcox Dojo (Arizona, USA)
John Chapman Sensei
"I received my facsimile is WONDERFUL. Thank you very much. The paper...the detail.....the binding....FIRST RATE! I also purchased the English translation as I do not read Japanese. It has been an invaluable insight into History. Thank you for all that you do!"
Mandarin Mansion
Peter Dekker
"A wonderful manual, providing a glimpse into the workings of samurai armies of the first decade of the 18th century. It contains surprising detail on many aspects, from fetching water to building encampments, deployment to the field, and actual tactics. It shows once again how battlefield tactics of any culture are all about careful planning and cooperation in the field. A valuable addition to the library of any student of Asian martial arts or arms and armor."
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