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Complete Kendo

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A thorough introduction to the Japanese martial way of the sword, Complete Kendo covers every aspect of the discipline, from equipment and terminology to technique and strategy.

Complete Kendo is a thorough introduction to the Japanese martial way of the sword and a guided tour of the principles and philosophy upon which the art is founded. John Donohue covers everything from the care and handling of hakama, the pleated trousers worn by kendoka (practitioners of kendo), to the ...

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Overview

A thorough introduction to the Japanese martial way of the sword, Complete Kendo covers every aspect of the discipline, from equipment and terminology to technique and strategy.

Complete Kendo is a thorough introduction to the Japanese martial way of the sword and a guided tour of the principles and philosophy upon which the art is founded. John Donohue covers everything from the care and handling of hakama, the pleated trousers worn by kendoka (practitioners of kendo), to the methods of cultivating the meditative state of mushin (no mind), all in an easy conversational dialogue that is a great pleasure to read.

Structured to echo the organization of the Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, Complete Kendo is a modern version of the swordsman's primer by a martial artist skilled not only in the art of kendo but, like Musashi, in many traditional Japanese arts, and with a superb understanding of the martial tradition and culture of Japan. The author uses lessons learned from a long career of teaching martial arts and academic subjects to impart clearly and concisely the fundamentals of kendo and the martial way.

With explanatory line drawings by Kathleen Sweeney illustrating significant points of discussion, a handy glossary of kendo terminology and related concepts, and an unusually helpful bibliography, Complete Kendo is an essential volume for every kendoka's personal library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804831482
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Complete Martial Arts Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Donohue is an anthropologist specializing in the study of Japanese culture, history, and language who also has an extensive background as a student of the traditional martial arts of karatedo, judo, aikido, and iaido. A professor and academic dean at Medaille College, the associate editor of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, and a long-time member of the Buffalo, New York Kendo Club. Donohue brings the rigorous academic standards of his profession to his avocation, practicing and writing about the martial arts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Ground 7
1 Sword and Spirit 10
2 The Way of the Sword 11
3 Equipment 12
The Uniform 13
Training Weapons 18
Body Armor 23
4 The Community of Learners 26
Kendo's Development 26
The Training Hall/Dojo 30
The Dojo Hierarchy 30
The Goals of Training 31
Pt. 2 Water 33
1 Beginnings 37
Entering the Dojo 37
Warmups 41
Bow In 41
2 Basics/Kihon 42
Stance/Kamae 42
Footwork/Ashisabaki 45
Gripping the Shinai/Static Suburi 48
Dynamic Suburi 52
Striking Points 54
Spirit 58
3 Techniques/Waza 59
Striking Practice 59
4 Practice/Keiko 60
Uchikomi 60
Kirikaeshi 63
Free Sparring/Jiyu Renshu 66
5 The Close 68
Pt. 3 Fire 71
1 Distance 75
2 Timing 77
3 Attack and Defense 79
Attacks/Shikake Waza 81
Multiple Attacks/Nidan and Sandan Waza 81
Warding Off Attack/Harai Waza 82
Forestalling Attack/Debana Waza 82
Receiving Techniques/Oji Waza 83
Dodging/Nuki Waza 84
Parries 85
Up Parry/Suriage Waza 85
Downward Parry/Uchiotoshi Waza 86
Lateral Parry/Kaeshi Waza 86
Close Quarters/Tsuba Zerai 86
Pushing Off Attack/Hiki Waza 88
Zanshin 88
Spirit 89
4 The Shiai 90
The Psychodynamics of Competition 92
Pride 92
Anger and Excitement 94
Winning and Losing 95
Pt. 4 Wind 99
1 Tradition 102
2 Historical Development 103
3 Kata 110
The Spirit of Kata 111
The Kendo no Kata 112
Bokken 113
Sage-to 113
Bowing In 114
Stepping In and Stepping Out 115
Overview: The First Five Kata 115
Ipponme 118
Nihonme 121
Sanbonme 124
Yohonme 128
Gohonme 131
Performance Dynamics 133
Pt. 5 Void 135
Glossary 163
Index 179
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