Kendo

Kendo Author Geoff Salmon
ISBN-10 9781462911806
Year 2013-05-28
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
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Master the art of Kendo—Japanese Swordsmanship with this illustrated and comprehensive martial arts guide. Kendo or the "Way of the Sword" holds a special place within the martial arts as one of the few 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.

Kendo

Kendo Author Hiroshi Ozawa
ISBN-10 4770021194
Year 1997
Pages 173
Language en
Publisher Kodansha International
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This comprehensive guide to Kendo features easy-to-follow line drawings to demonstrate techniques, basic information on equipment and lists of official rules and clubs. The book is aimed at beginners and experts alike. 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. 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

Kendo Inherited Wisdom and Personal Reflections

Kendo  Inherited Wisdom and Personal Reflections Author Geoff Salmon
ISBN-10 1781330719
Year 2013-08
Pages 180
Language en
Publisher Rethink Press Limited
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Whether you are a kendo fanatic or merely curious about the martial arts, this book will interest you. The author, Geoff Salmon, has taken the lessons learned over his 45 year kendo career and distilled them into a series of instructive, thought-provoking articles covering kendo training methods and techniques, as well as the attitudes and philosophies that make kendo a lifetime's pursuit for many people. It highlights some of the differences between kendo training in Japan and other parts of the globe and also includes some light-hearted commentary on this martial sport. At the core of this book are the direct teachings of some of the great 2nd and 3rd generation kendo teachers, which have been either reproduced or paraphrased by the author. Salmon also uses his own experience to guide readers towards developing correct, efficient kendo. Geoff Salmon holds the grade of 7th Dan and is one of the few westerners to have passed the new All Japan Kendo Federation kyoshi examination. He has lived and trained in Japan and has devoted 45 years to the study of kendo. Geoff teaches kendo internationally and writes about the art at www.kendoinfo.net; he is also the author of 'Kendo, A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Swordsmanship'.

Kendo

Kendo Author Alexander C. Bennett
ISBN-10 9780520284371
Year 2015-07-31
Pages 328
Language en
Publisher Univ of California Press
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Kendo is the first in-depth historical, cultural, and political account in English of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship, from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice as a global sport today. Alexander Bennett shows how kendo evolved through a recurring process of “inventing tradition,” which served the changing ideologies and needs of Japanese warriors and governments over the course of history. Kendo follows the development of Japanese swordsmanship from the aristocratic-aesthetic pretensions of medieval warriors in the Muromachi period, to the samurai elitism of the Edo regime, and then to the nostalgic patriotism of the Meiji state. Kendo was later influenced in the 1930s and 1940s by ultranationalist militarists and ultimately by the postwar government, which sought a gentler form of nationalism to rekindle appreciation of traditional culture among Japan’s youth and to garner international prestige as an instrument of “soft power.” Today kendo is becoming increasingly popular internationally. But even as new organizations and clubs form around the world, cultural exclusiveness continues to play a role in kendo’s ongoing evolution, as the sport remains closely linked to Japan’s sense of collective identity.

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship Author Nicklaus Suino
ISBN-10 0834803399
Year 2008-02
Pages 103
Language en
Publisher Weatherhill, Incorporated
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This book fills a gap in the training of the modern swordsman by providing bojuto drills to supplement formal class activities. Both single and two-person drills are presented, including some common iaido and kenjutsu.

Kendo

Kendo Author Jinichi Tokeshi
ISBN-10 0824825985
Year 2003-01
Pages 297
Language en
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
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All students of kendo--the formal art and practice of Japanese swordsmanship--will welcome this manual by an advanced practitioner with a deep understanding of the martial art. The work begins with a history of kendo in Japan, followed by a study of basic equipment and its proper care and use and a detailed description of forms and rules--essential aspects of any martial art. Beginners will find this section particularly helpful because of the close attention paid to fundamental techniques of kendo, including the rare two-sword form (nito ryu), largely unknown outside of Japan. Each technique is accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow illustrations. The Nihon Kendo Kata and Shiai and Shinpan rules and regulations are useful references for those learning the Kata and participating in matches. The author, who is also a practicing physician, is attentive throughout to injury prevention and safety--concerns often overlooked in martial arts manuals. The elements of kendo philosophy, which can mystify even experienced practitioners, are explained in simple terms to aid understanding. The manual concludes with biographies of Japan's most celebrated swordsmen, an extensive glossary of kendo terms, and a history of kendo in Hawaii, where it has been practiced for more than a century and where some of the world's top practitioners can be found.

This Is Kendo

This Is Kendo Author Junzo Sasamori
ISBN-10 0804816077
Year 1989-06
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
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An illustrated introduction to the art of Japanese fencing, tracing the origins and history of kendo, discussing equipment and rules, describing and illustrating fundamental procedures and techniques, and looking at methods of practice.

Complete Kendo

Complete Kendo Author John J. Donohue
ISBN-10 0804831483
Year 1999-06
Pages 177
Language en
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
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Introduces the Japanese way of the sword, including the philosophy, uniform, care and handling of the equipment, protective gear, and meditative practices of the ancient martial art

The Book of Five Rings

The Book of Five Rings Author Musashi Miyamoto
ISBN-10 1454910739
Year 2014-01-01
Pages 198
Language en
Publisher Fall River
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The Book of Five Rings, first published in the seventeenth century, is the classic text of samurai strategy, written by an undefeated master of the sword. This colorfully illustrated new edition vividly interprets the teachings of Miyamoto Musashi and the era of the last Shoguns, when the way of the sword was also a sacred way of life.

Kurikara

Kurikara Author John Maki Evans
ISBN-10 9781583942444
Year 2010
Pages 138
Language en
Publisher Blue Snake Books
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Explains the eight basic principles of swordsmanship common to all Japanese sword schools, emphasizing the cultivation of power and mental focus, in a book with photos and personal anecdotes. Original.

IAI The Art of Drawing the Sword

IAI The Art of Drawing the Sword Author Darrell Max Craig
ISBN-10 0804870233
Year 1991-06-15
Pages 258
Language en
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
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This unique guide unlocks the mysteries of this ancient ritual practice and explains the significance of swords in the samurai culture

Aikido Weapons Techniques

Aikido Weapons Techniques Author Phong Thong Dang
ISBN-10 9781462907557
Year 2012-12-04
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
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Master the wooden weapons used in Aikido with this comprehensive martial arts training manual. Although aikido is often thought of as a nonviolent, noncompetitive martial art, the use of weapons was introduced by the art's founder O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. In fact, aikido techniques that use wooden weapons can enrich all aspects of your practice, helping you to understand both basic and advanced aikido technical tactics as well as conceptual strategies and skills. Building on the authors' belief that no empty-hand system is complete without weapons training, Aikido Weapons Techniques: The Wooden Sword, Stick, and Knife of Aikido demonstrates weapon use both as a training tool to better illustrate aikido principles, and as a self-defense against weapon attacks, focusing on the three primary weapons used in aikido: Ken—the wooden sword Jo—the wooden staff Tanto—the wooden knife A complete discussion of each weapon is included, with descriptions of the stances, grips, techniques, forms, defenses, and training appropriate for each. With over 200 step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions, this aikido book provides an in-depth exploration of weapons use in aikido—from its spiritual implications to technical theory and practical use.

The Encyclopedia of the Sword

The Encyclopedia of the Sword Author Nick Evangelista
ISBN-10 0313278962
Year 1995
Pages 690
Language en
Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group
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From the gruff, sword-toting swashbucklers of the Middle Ages to modern adventure epics like The Princess Bride, the aura surrounding the sword is one that is both romantic and pragmatic. Thoughts of this weapon bring to mind images of the Knights of the Round Table, Zorro, the Three Musketeers--the things daydreams are made of. Yet, until the publication of this encyclopedia there has never been a comprehensive volume on the subject of the sword. For the first time, readers can locate information on the history of sword types and styles throughout the world, techniques of combat sword use, techniques of fencing and major fencing masters, and so on.

Art of the Japanese Sword

Art of the Japanese Sword Author Yoshindo Yoshihara
ISBN-10 9781462909964
Year 2012-09-10
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
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In The Art of the Japanese Sword, master swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara offers a detailed look at the entire process of Japanese sword making, including the finishing and appreciation of Japanese blades. Japanese sword art stands out in many ways: functionality as a weapon, sophisticated metallurgy and metal smithing, the shape of the blade itself—all contribute to the beauty of these remarkable weapons. The Art of the Japanese Sword conveys to the reader Japanese samurai sword history and Japanese sword care, as well as explaining how to view and appreciate a blade. With 256 full-color pages, this sword book illustrates in meticulous detail how modern craftsmen use traditional methods to prepare their steel, forge the sword and create the unique hardened edge. By gaining a good understanding of how a sword is actually made, the reader will be able to appreciate the samurai sword more fully. Topics include: Appreciating the Japanese sword History of the Japanese sword Traditional Japanese steel making Making the sword Finishing the sword

Japanese Swordsmanship

Japanese Swordsmanship Author Gordon Warner
ISBN-10 0834802368
Year 1982
Pages 312
Language en
Publisher Weatherhill, Incorporated
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A classic, prize-winning novel about an epic migration and a lone woman haunted by the past in frontier Waipu. In the 1850s, a group of settlers established a community at Waipu in the northern part of New Zealand. They were led there by a stern preacher, Norman McLeod. The community had followed him from Scotland in 1817 to found a settlement in Nova Scotia, then subsequently to New Zealand via Australia. Their incredible journeys actually happened, and in this winner of the New Zealand Book Awards, Fiona Kidman breathes life and contemporary relevance into the facts by creating a remarkable fictional story of three women entangled in the migrations - Isabella, her daughter Annie and granddaughter Maria. McLeod's harsh leadership meant that anyone who ran counter to him had to live a life of secrets. The 'secrets' encapsulated the spirit of these women in their varied reactions to McLeod's strict edicts and connect the past to the present and future.