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Definitive - well, close anyway
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.