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on 23 March 2003
This is a really excellent book on kendo. As far as definitive goes, it is very good for beginners or those wishing to teach. If you are an advanced learner then you will probably find this too limited in scope, especially in the number and detail of techniques described. One of it's strengths for me was the superb description of the All Japan Kendo Federation Kata. All seven long sword and all three short sword techniques are quickly and accurately described.
The main drawback is the small number of techniques explained, but enough are covered to gain a real feeling of the options available in a match.
Illustrations throughout are black and white line drawings, but clear enough for the purpose. As I said, the descriptions are not very detailed, but all salient points are covered. I found this book a great help, especially in the run up to my grading tests.
I would recommend this to any beginner and intermediate practicioner of kendo.
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on 7 January 2000
With information on many, many techniques, kata forms, armour wearing and footwork and more, this book is ESSENTIAL for the beginner! I learned a lot, and so will YOU. It cannot take the place of a proper instructor, but it holds most of the knowledge of one. Only one small complaint....some information on how armour and shinai are made wouldn't have gone amiss, just out of interest. Nevertheless, if you are just starting or EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN DOING KENDO FOR QUITE A WHILE, BUY IT!
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on 2 July 2004
Before I recently started Kendo I decided to buy this book to get more of an insight into what Kendo is all about, and whether I would enjoy it or not. Not only did it make me want to start learning Kendo straight away, but it is proving to be very useful in helping me learn the Japanese terms, etiquette, techniques, etc. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Get it!
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on 18 April 1998
What *Kodokan Judo* does for judo, and *Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere* does for aikido, this book does for kendo. It not only shows how to perform all the basics, from etiquette to donning armor to training drills, but it also addresses the spirit and mental aspects of the art --- what the art offers and what a practitioner should bring to the art. The emphasis on these inner aspects is especially consistent, as is the elucidation as to *why* and *how* these qualities are developed. Not just "this is how one behaves in a traditional dojo," but "this is what you develop by behaving in these ways when working out in a dojo."
The discussion is modern, translated from the original Japanese within the past few years, and refreshingly egalitarian, recognizing the opportunities available to women in this art, which like fencing puts both genders on a more level playing field thanks to the shinai's "force multiplying" effects. In fact, most of the illustrations are professional drawings using young women (and even kids) as subjects, and demonstrate the concepts much more clearly than photographs.
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on 24 September 2004
This book cannot be too highly recommended for a beginner of Kendo.
With plain English descriptions, clear images and thorough detail throughout, Kendo: The Definitive Guide is the best Kendo book I know of.
Perhaps uses a little too much Japanese, which can become confusing when trying to learn combinations, however this quickly sinks in - especially if it is used in the Dojo.
I have no problem recommending this book to anyone learning Kendo.
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on 28 October 2003
I am new to Kendo and found this book very informative and easy to follow. It breaks down all the basics into clear pictures and paragraphs. I will be using this book a lot during my time learning this demanding but ultimately rewarding martial art.
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on 3 September 1998
During my stay in Tokyo, Japan, I had several occasions to practice kendo in Mr. Ozawa's family dojo. I am very glad that his teachings finally appeared in the book form. This guide, however aimed for beginners, contains a lot of information useful even for more experienced kendoists, and is good and updated companion to the classic "This is Kendo" by Junzo Sasamori & Gordon Warner. I truly recommend it for everyone interested in Japanese martial arts and culture. By the way, because I am the secretary of Polska Komisja Kendo national federation, there is my home address below "POLAND" in the final appendices of the book.
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on 11 July 1999
As a new student of Kendo, My Sensei recomended this book as the best beginers guide available. It has helped me tremendously. As many students of any Martial arts can attest. To learn correctly from the start can save many hours of having to "re-learn" a technique. This is an excellant guide to help you understand the fundementals of Kendo, from beginer to advanced levels. If you are a sincere student of Kendo, you should get this book.
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on 17 November 1997
This book will help guide the beginning kendoist with basic instructions on proper etiquete in and around the dojo. Direction on the downing and removal of the armour. Readers will learn proper techniques as well as all the Katas for testing. A must for all serious kendo enthusiast.
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on 12 January 2010
This book is the definitive guide to the sport of kendo. It contains illustrations and explanations of various strikes, moves etc. as well as the rules and regulations for sports kendo. There is, however, very little "behind the scenes" material. Almost nothing about the philosophy, history and underlying ideas about swordpractice in the japanese tradition. For someone interrested in the facts of kendo as a sport, i'm sure this is a fine purchase. For someone interrested in the whole budo-idea of japanese culture and martial arts culture in particular, there is really nothing much to get here.
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