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Honest and true to it's roots, a great book for beginners.
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.