- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc (20 Jun. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4805312319
- ISBN-13: 978-4805312315
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kendo: A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Swordsmanship Paperback – 10 May 2013
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"It's chock full of sketches and illustrations [...] that convey the movements and actions the author describes." --Black Belt Magazine
This richly informative book takes a definitive look at kendo—the ancient Japanese "Way of the Sword." Kendo holds a special place within the martial arts as one of the few martial practices tracing back directly to Japan's ancient samurai heritage. Modern students flock to kendo for physically—and mentally—challenging activity that combines traditional martial arts values with strenuous physical activity.
Author Geoff Salmon has over 40 years of kendo experience gained in and outside of Japan. His goal in this kendo guide is to dispel many misconceptions about the sport and to make kendo training accessible and effective for anyone. His simple, straightforward writing style is especially helpful for beginning students and martial artists from other disciplines who wish to add kendo training to their repertoire.
The core of this kendo book is a series of detailed instructional sequences demonstrating the basic kendo techniques. The author also presents the fundamental principles and philosophy that make kendo as much an exercise of the mind as of the sword. For many adherents, the goal is to train your mind to achieve a state of mushin (no-mind). beyond that, this book also shows you how to win competitions and integrate kendo into your personal fitness routines.
This is the first book to clearly link the philosophical and mental elements of kendo to the physical techniques, thereby enabling readers to gain a holistic understanding of the martial art. it offers a comprehensive training program similar to those given by leading kendo teachers in Japan, past and present.
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The areas covered are also excellent, running the range from the very basics of simple cuts and how to put on your clothing to complex advice on how instructors can best structure classes. It's the range that means this is a book you buy when you start and are still referring to when you're running your own dojo.
And for anyone who buys this book and like me thoroughly enjoys it don't forget to sign up to Salmon Sensei's excellent weekly blog and kendoinfo.net for further insight and guidance.
The artwork is educational in teaching many techniques, with the text clearly advising the correct manner of performing them from a 3d perspective, and what to look out for.
Finally, the text also loads influence on proper reigi and respect for those that have come before, with explanations as to why we must always behave in certain ways to each other within the dojo, something that sometimes sadly gets buried under the effects of testosterone - we've all fallen victim to it.
Excellent guide, happily urge you to buy :)
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