Kendo: The Definitive Guide

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Kodansha International, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 173 pages
Kendo-the Way of the Sword-is one of the oldest of Japan's martial arts and the one most closely associated with the samurai. Immortalized in the action movies of Akira Kurosawa and in the bestselling novel Musashi, Kendo--originally a form of swordsmanship-has in recent years developed into a popular and highly competitive sport enjoyed by thousands of men and women around the world.

Kendo: The Definitive Guide is the first book in English to provide a practical and truly comprehensive approach to the subject. Everything that the novice needs to know, from basic information about purchasing, wearing, and maintaining essential equipment to competing in international tournaments, is explained in simple, straightforward language. Step-by-step explanations of fundamental techniques to be mastered to attain black belt level are illustrated in easy-to-follow line drawings.

With appendices giving the rules at international competitions and important information about Kendo clubs outside Japan, Kendo is the definitive guide for all non-Japanese Kendoists. A special section about the history and development of this martial art and guidelines for running practice sessions also make it a unique resource for all teachers of Kendo.

The definitive guide includes
- basic Kendo principles and techniques
- official International Kendo Federation regulations
- list of Kendo clubs and national associations around the world
 

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Pretty much covers everything but for some reason the author didn't include Tsuki, still a good kendo reference.

Lots of details covered

User Review  - kirioroshi - Overstock.com

In depth covers Kendo in good detail as well as Kendo Kata. Unbeatable price for begginers in Kendo or just someone interested in Kendo. Read full review

Contents

STRETCHING EXERCISES
51
NIHON KENDO KATA
97
KEIKO PRACTICE Ι2Ι
121
Competition Judging
136
International Kendo
164
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About the author (1997)


HIROSHI OZAWA is an associate professor at the Science University of Tokyo and Kendo kyoshi, 7th dan. He was born in Saitama prefecture in 1950 into a highly respected Kendo family which was instrumental in incorporating Kendo into the physical education curriculum as a core subject. He makes regular trips abroad to demonstrate and teach Kendo, and also writes books about samurai ethics.

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