on 28 February 2010
This book contains allot of very basic information on how to hold the jo, and it contains a good amount of images detailing the end position of each technique within the book, as well as comparisons with exsisting karate techniques.
The place this book falls down is that it is designed for people who already know karate, which as much as a pitfall for none karate practitioners is also a very good recommending point.
There is allot to martial arts that can't be taught by a book and this book doesn't attempt to teach those things. Instead it gives you information that would be intresting to none practitioners but to already exsistant practitioners it provides an excellent home working guide for some references to the basics of using Tonfa.
Just as a Kata is a tool for your to improove your fitness and technique when your instructor isn't there to teach you, so this book is an excellent tool to improove your very basic tonfa work when you are alone and your instructor isn't there to teach you.
So in simple form
If you are a practitioner of pretty much any art and want to see some basic Tonfa positions with descriptions, this is a great book.
If you want to learn tonfa without any prior experience, using this, as with using any book, will ONLY give you positions, not any gearing, force generation, correct movement actions, or muscular tension patterns.
on 16 August 2014
There are many black-white picture which I found OK. You will not find many, long texts and descriptions and I agree with this way of martial arts book writing because this book is supposed to be used as visual aid. Very well described typical karate technique application with tonfa in your hands. There are many pictures with classical karate techniques and tonfa techniques with next to it. So, if you have at least beginner level you will easy understand the tonfa application. Surely the practical tonfa application by you is in your own hands only. From my point of view there are many (I would say plenty) of tonfa application hints for police work and there is a need of you imagination and practice only. The techniques presented in this books are not only about using such parts of tonfa like bottom, back head or front head but there are techniques how to apply all parts of this specific weapon. And please do not get desperate or wrath just because of finding this book thin (144 pages). Book is only about practical application and there are not many, long and even boring texts.