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on 16 April 1999
Some other books on this subject wrongfully encourage competetiveness and emphisize on the opponent getting hurt. Instead, this book stays true to it's ancient Japanese roots- emphizing throughout to focus on Kirihaku, or to "Cut at the impurities" within the self. Approached this way, and with easy to understand picture secuences with great photographs, helpful sections on clothing and equipment, and a great learning curve with plenty of different forms, strikes, and techniqes with a partner makes this a fantastic book for any begginer and perhaps for others as well. A very complete section on the origins of the Bokken, along with the famous tale of Miyamoto Musashi's fight with Sasaki Kojiro, round it out for much better understanding of the art overall. If you are interested in Bokken, THIS IS THE BOOK TO GET.
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on 19 September 1998
It covers all the basics, with excellent pictures and step by step explanations. You can actually understand the graphic sequences of the movements (in most books you can't). Tries to cover most common errors and how to detect them and work on them. It has some single katas, and some Kumitache Katas (katas with a partner). It's definitely worth reading.
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on 12 June 2004
This book, written with a fair amount of humour, and a large amount of knowledge - encourages the martial artist - even one whose art/tradition does not include the sword to 'pick up the boken'.
Several reasons are given for this - the perspective that a weapon can give to unarmed fighting systems, exercise, historical interest etc. Quite convincing really!
The book doesn't even pretend to make you a swordsman, but does show how the movements using the boken, are related to kenjitsu.
Practicing these movements will almost certainly improve your unarmed skills - and also (if you do enough of them) your cardiovascular fitness.
One of the better 'teach yourself' books around.
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`Bokken' is an excellent book by Dave Lowry exploring the history of the Bokken and it's use in martial arts. This covers the origins, training, selecting a Bokken, the fundamentals, striking methods, combination techniques, techniques with a partner, the seated bow and a glossary. It is illustrated throughout with black and white photography that make the descriptions easier to understand. This was originally written in 1986 and whilst this book may be a little dated in style, it isn't in content. It is intended as an introduction to Bokken work and shouldn't be expected to deliver more than this. I tend to feel this is a good accompaniment to actual training with a qualified instructor. I like Dave Lowry's writing style and his deep integrity to martial arts and recommend other books by him, especially his collected essays.

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on 3 April 1998
Dave Lowry is a most humble budoka in his presentation of the bokken. Mr. Lowry presents a general history of the weapon and the basics to the path of the bokken. An introductory text - sure - but an excellent manual as little was available when it was published. A great primer for those considering the path of kendo, kenjutsu, iaido, iaijutsu or general knowledge in the bokken.
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on 9 April 1998
An impressive book as it gives a good exposure to the art with a slick introduction and historical background the book does well in illustrating the techniques of the art of Bokken. It is important to remember that books must be used as reference material and no video or text instruction can replace a teacher in any art form. Also, advanced instructions are really not 'book' material as they come from instructors and by the time one reaches a stage one is proficient enough to remember. The emphatic part of the book and the one I liked the most was the basics and important reminders which also illustrates possible mistakes that a student is likely to commit in the beginning and carry on with it as a bad habit later. For advanced budokas also it is a handy reference of check lists of what to do and what not to do to be proficient in the art. Worth having by your side at any stage.
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on 12 December 2014
I'm far from being an experienced commenter with only about 4 years of iai and ken under my belt but to me the paired exercises just don't look right. Just look a the amount of time uke is expected to remain still while tori executes unnecessary steps such as spinning around to deliver an attack or steps back when his sword is inches from uke's throat allowing uke to strike. In my experience Japanese traditional schools are much more direct.

I alos have a problem with the section on striking. It describes the positions but not he correct technique to strike with a sword. A sword should not be used like a hammer. Additionaly the advised training methods of striking at speed and stopping the sword just before the target teach students to do just that, stop before the target.
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on 9 November 2010
Useful beginner's guide with helpful pictures. The author dwells on the esoteric and is somewhat condemning of others, but that is not necessarily a bad thing for a beginner who should be looking for the correct training path to follow.
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on 1 July 1998
This particular treatise provides an excellent source for the trainee in either kenjutsu or iado to work on his/her basic forms. While a bit difficult for anyone who has not had demonstrative training with an instructor, this book is an excellent supplement to work in the dojo.
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on 8 January 1998
Bokken Art of the Japanese Sword is a good introductory book. It shows all of the basics of stance, movement, and the basic cutting moves.

Good quality photographs accompany the movement sequences, similar to other martial arts books of this type.

The only complaints would be that the book
is a bit on the sparse side and does not
have many combination moves, advanced
moves, or kata to aid in training.

For the relatively low price, it is still a good
value for an introductory guide, but the reader
will quickly want to move up to a more
advanced text to accompany their training.
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