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Total Stick Fighting: Shintaido Bojutso Hardcover – 1 Jul 2000


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  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770023839
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770023834
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 19 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,636,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Very well illustrated with progressive moves mapped out in black and white, this book is an in-depth guide to the art of the Japanese bo or stick.
The author, Aoki Hiroyuki, is an experienced author and representative of the Japanese arts having written several books including 'Dynamic Nunchaku'; he is also well known for his Ninja-style fighting in the film American Ninja.
Beginning with basic warm-up excercises involving the bo, the book provides many great practice katas from the ancient Ryukyuan (Okinawan) stick-fighting techniques. Illustrated with nearly 700 photographs this book is very accessible to beginners of Shintaido Bojutsu. It is primarily aimed at the beginning/intermediate student and builds up to the techniques of sparring with a partner in the three styles: basic kumibo, applied kumibo and soei kumibo. There is also coverage of Tenshingoso - the meditative kata of Shintaido practitioners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Marsh on 21 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
A combination of the spiratual (oneness with your weapon) and practical techniques (including how to use your bo to throw an opponent) make this an excellent book for the beginner or intermediate in bo fighting. Especially reccomended for those whose only introduction to the bo has been kata: this book shows how techniques in kata such as shishi no-kon dai can be applied in a fight.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eddie B on 16 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
This Book is an excellent guide for the beginner and experianced martial artist. It teachs Bojutsu so well and is really easy to understand. Even if your not a martial artist and just want to try your hand at what Neo made look so easy in the Matrix Reloaded buy this book and give it a go its not difficult and you get great results.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Not about fighting, about Shintaido 18 Mar. 2001
By Don Roley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book is a little confusing. As soon as you crack the book open and read the introduction by Micheal Thompson, you find out that the founder of Shintaido Bojutsu (Hiroyuki Aoki) thinks that the idea of people smacking each other with sticks as weapons is a bit anachronistic. Instead, Shintaido Bojutsu should be used as a discipline to help practicioners along the Shintaido path. All things considered, it is kind of hard to fault that logic.
Despite the fact that the techniques are not really combat oriented, and certainly not tested in real combat, there is some value to this book for the experienced practicioner of a Japanese bojutsu art such as Kukishiden ryu. There are some things that make me wince as I consider people trying to actually use them in real combat, but there were other parts that made me ponder. If you are experienced in a Japanese art with the bo in it, you might want to read this just to open your eyes to other viewpoints.
But the main audience for this book seems to be Shintaido practicioners, and for them the book is perfect. For them I would say that this rates five stars. I am sure that every member of Shintaido will benifit from this book. The pictures are clear, the instruction is logical and easy to follow. Considering how hard it is for some people to convey techniques by way of the written word, this book really stands out in the ease in which people can pick up on what is being taught.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Useful book on Shintaido style 7 Mar. 2004
By Magellan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In an age of cheap video you have to wonder why people are even still doing martial arts books with static photos that don't really convey the art very well, and this is especially problematic for the weapons arts. Furthermore, when you consider that most martial arts videos cost about $30 new and the price for this book is about the same, and that all this material would easily fit on a 60-minute video tape, the purpose of such a book becomes even more moot.
That having been said, I still found this a useful book on the art of Shintaido. The photos are quite clear and the demonstrators seem to show excellent form, although there are subtle differences from the Okinawan kobudo that I'm more familiar with. This is a relatively new art founded in the 60s when the author found himself disatisfied with traditional bo training and decided to develop his own methods, which he says encourage more natural movement. This is hard to glean, as I said, from photos in books, but I was still able to get some idea about the style from the photos.
The book covers basic positions, strikes, blocks, several kata, kumibo (sparring) techniques, and nagewaza, or throwing techniques, which was the most interesting to me. The author says the system has about 50 but he only shows 15 in the book. I would be up for a more advanced book showing these techniques, but I suppose that would be a stretch. The author should really consider doing a video instead.
One final point is, as someone remarked earlier from the author's comment in the book, the style seems to be mostly focused on the art of handling the bo and getting intimate with its special capabilities and properties rather than practical combat, and the author encourages non-traditional types of activities such as throwing the bow in the air, playing catch with someone, and so on, in order to develop this sort of feel for the weapon. For someone already skilled in the bo arts or a Shintaido practitioner, this is fine, but if you're a non-expert looking for truly practical and combative stick art, there are better books out there. This book should be seen as a contribution to the bujutsu arts and culture rather than as a combative art per se, and in that regard it serves very well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not For Beginners 3 Mar. 2005
By C. G. Wendt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I can't judge how good this book is for people who have already had formal training, but if you're looking to learn on your own, you can probably do better. I gave it three stars because the pictures are excellent and it contains many katas to learn. However, I got so bogged down in the foreign names that I got lost. I couldn't learn much because I had to keep checking the glossary to determine to which stance or move the text referred. That said, I have learned some excellent warm-ups and a few basic moves. Overall, if you're just beginning and don't have a functional knowledge of the required vocabulary, I suggest looking elsewhere.
Good beginner book for two 3 Jan. 2007
By William D. Berson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a nicely done book. As far as words and illustrations, you can't ask for a better instructional manual. Two cautions if you are looking to learn more about martial arts with a weapon:

- This book mostly uses a "short stick"... if you are looking for information on using a long stick such a bo staff, then this isn't the book for you.

- The book demonstrates lots of defensive moves. This is great stuff and is very practicle. However, you need a partner to practice. Also, it does not cover individual practices like forms.
Warrior 9 Jan. 2014
By Kevin Hoskinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book teaches one to find out how to make your weaknesses into a strength. The book even demonstrates effort.
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