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A comprehensive guide to fighting with a bo,
By A Customer
This review is from: Total Stick Fighting: Shintaido Bojutso (Hardcover)
Very well illustrated with progressive moves mapped out in black and white, this book is an in-depth guide to the art of the Japanese bo or stick.
The author, Aoki Hiroyuki, is an experienced author and representative of the Japanese arts having written several books including 'Dynamic Nunchaku'; he is also well known for his Ninja-style fighting in the film American Ninja.
Beginning with basic warm-up excercises involving the bo, the book provides many great practice katas from the ancient Ryukyuan (Okinawan) stick-fighting techniques. Illustrated with nearly 700 photographs this book is very accessible to beginners of Shintaido Bojutsu. It is primarily aimed at the beginning/intermediate student and builds up to the techniques of sparring with a partner in the three styles: basic kumibo, applied kumibo and soei kumibo. There is also coverage of Tenshingoso - the meditative kata of Shintaido practitioners.