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This review is from: Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword (Literary Links to the Orient) (Paperback)
`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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