Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword

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Focusing his expertise on the techniques and history of the bokken—the wooden training sword used by both ancient samurai and today’s swordsmen—the author maintains that training with the bokken is important on two levels for the modern practitioner: to build the physical stamina, rhythms, and adroit body movements of traditional swordsmanship and to achieve something of the animating spirit of the traditional swordsman. This history of the bokken combines the author's concise, eloquent writing style with more ...

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Overview

Focusing his expertise on the techniques and history of the bokken—the wooden training sword used by both ancient samurai and today’s swordsmen—the author maintains that training with the bokken is important on two levels for the modern practitioner: to build the physical stamina, rhythms, and adroit body movements of traditional swordsmanship and to achieve something of the animating spirit of the traditional swordsman. This history of the bokken combines the author's concise, eloquent writing style with more than 100 photographs to provide the reader with the traditional and modern perspectives of this vital, historically rich practice tool.

The author teaches the basics of Japanese swordsmanship, studying the bokken, the wooden training sword.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897501040
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications
  • Publication date: 2/28/1986
  • Series: Weapons Series
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 571,387
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Lowry has written several books about Japanese culture and the martial arts. Since 1986, his writing has been featured in Black Belt magazine in a monthly column called "Karate Way."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2001

    Excellent book for beginners

    I've had to take up kendo on my own, with a little bit of assistance from an experienced friend of mine. Other books I purchased were mostly history and philosophy that might interest an expert swordsmen, but is of no help to a beginner. This book however is composed entirely of step by step pictures of the author performing waza with short description. It is easy to follow, and will give you enough drills that you can begin some serious training on your own before you can find an instructor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    i hope this helps

    ive been trying to learn samurai sword fighting and i hope this book helps

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