I have been studying martial arts for approximately 12 years, and besides my love for Shotokan karate, I also have an interest in Kobudo. Under the guidance of Kanazawa sensei, many karate students are taught the use of the Bo to supplement their karate and help to give a better understanding of their karate. The Bo kata Kanazawa sensei teaches are Kanazawa no Bo Dai, and Kanazawa no Bo Sho.
I was really pleased to discover just recently, that Sensei Shamus O'Dowd has now compiled a great DVD giving detailed instruction in these two kata. The DVD has been authorised by Kanazawa Kancho who gives his recomendations at the beginning, and also features Kanazawa Nobuaki Sensei demonstrating the kata and bunkai applications.
Added also to the DVD is a bonus kata, Jitte no Bo, based on the Shotokan kata Jitte.
This DVD is of course intended to be a supplement to your training but showing the kata from 3 different angles slowly (front, back and side) and then at full speed it a very intuitive way to learn. Each kata is folloed by a short session on the bunkai of verious sections and there is even a small section on bowing and the proper handling of the bo.
Working in the film and television industry here in Australia, I can personally recommend the production values which are very good with clear pictures and audio and an easy to follow menu system.
I think this DVD is a great addition to anyone's SKI training arsenal.
As a fan of Kanazawa's karate I thought I'd take a punt and see what this DVD is like. I'm a newcomer to the Bo and starting from scratch, so this is a useful learning tool. It's well produced and shows how Bo training can also improve your karate. Kancho Kanazawa appears in the DVD but doesn't perform the Bo kata