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Facts abundant, but can it be trusted?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan (Hardcover)
Well, at first the book seems quite splendid, an enourmous amount of information presented in an academic, no-nonsense way (even if the language can be a bit dry at times).
However, reading other reviews which claim that the facts about aikido are a bit of at times, one starts to wonder. And then the book comes to the one part that I have ny personal experiene in,modern kendo. Here he lists the part of kendo armour; men, do, kote, tare and koshi-ate. The problem with this being that I have never heard of koshi-ate ("hip pads" is what it's described as in the book). I've never seen any kendo armour with such a thing, neither at the club were I practice, nor or for sale. It might be that he's describing something which was used quite some time ago and doesn't make enough of a point of the fact that this is simply what was used, or there's a hole in my knowledge, but once again I start wondering. A trip down to the nearest kendo club, or kendo equipment retailer should have ensured that the list of armour parts stayed at men, tare, kote and do. And combine that mistake with what ahs been said about aikido, and I wonder what else in the book is wrong? And in a book which justifies it's existance by hard facts, if one cannot trust those facts, it all becomes rather shaky.