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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes its always best to have an instructor, but ...., 27 May 2004
By A Customer
This review is from: Jo: The Japanese Short Staff (Unique Literary Books of the World) (Paperback)
Few people would claim that a book of instruction, however well written, is a substitute for a good instructor. If you have such an instructor to hand, you will still find this book useful; however for those people who want to learn about the jo, and don't have an instructor to hand, this book will be very useful indeed.
It covers the essentials of holding and striking with the jo, basic moves and then a couple of 'standard' kata. The diagrams are clear and (on the whole) easy to follow. A very good introductory book.
It is an intro book - for instance it doesn't cover paired practice (including jo-taking and jo-keeping techniques) or entrapping techniques; but what it sets out to do - giving basic instruction with this fascinating weapon - it does very well.
I am now on my fourth copy of the book; not because the binding is poor, but because I keep lending/giving my copies to other people; all of whom have found it very valuable.
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