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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2001
This book is an essential title for any kobudo library. While the sai tends to be one of the more neglected weapons of karate, the content of this book is of extremely high quality, containing info on the history and maintenance of the sai as well as basics, combination and sparring techniques. Initial skills are easily picked up with clear photography companied by a simple commentary, while still providing enough material to keep challenging the learner for years.Demura's instruction makes the sai highly accessible for any experinced karateka; it is a pity that there are no other books of such high quality in publication.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2003
This book starts at the beginning and teaches you all of the basics you will need to use sai effectively. Although a little reliant on formal stances and moves á la karate, combined with your own original ideas and training this book can be a powerful step towards mastering karate's neglected weapon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 1999
This is an excellent book for those who are just starting their training with the sai. It offers everything from the history of the weapon to its application in combat. The book is easy to follow, including good quality photographs of Fumio Demura. It would have been nice to see full katas, but the basic routines are certainly suitable for beginners. In short, whether you want a book to support sai training in a school, or you simply want to learn the basics on your own, this is the book to choose
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 1998
Sai, karate weapon of self defence is a very well setup book with many images with about 8 for just flipping the sai, with many different attacks and defences for attackers with other weapons such as the nunchaku, or the bo it is an interesting book for the novice or the advanced sai user.
the only problem i have with the book is that it does not contain any sai kata. just short excersices of 10-15 different moves.
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on 20 June 2013
Another great book by Fumio Demura. A good introduction for the beginning student. Importantly he shows Karate Sai similarities which makes it easier for someone with solid Karate background to pickup. His books coupled with videos make for great starting points for good solid basics
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2001
As a beginner i found this book to be really helpful everything is explaned really well the pics are also good and go with the explanation better than any other book ive read, this book also shows u in they way it is like karate and as i do karate this helped me even more. IF you want to start learning then i strongly sugest this book.
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on 2 January 2015
1st Class transaction, very pleased all round, Recommend Cheers !
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