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"The martial arts, if taught correctly, are limitless journeys with no final destination," writes martial arts master Darrell Craig. "They are a way of life." He begins that journey here with the basics: sitting, breathing, and the all-important bow, or rei. He describes kendo equipment and its care, then progresses to some of the basic features of a kendo practice session: warm-up exercises, assuming the proper stance, grip, strikes, and positioning. Only then does he move on to the seven long-sword forms, or ...
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"The martial arts, if taught correctly, are limitless journeys with no final destination," writes martial arts master Darrell Craig. "They are a way of life." He begins that journey here with the basics: sitting, breathing, and the all-important bow, or rei. He describes kendo equipment and its care, then progresses to some of the basic features of a kendo practice session: warm-up exercises, assuming the proper stance, grip, strikes, and positioning. Only then does he move on to the seven long-sword forms, or kata, that are the foundation of kendo practice.

But Craig's teachings go far beyond mechanics. Through stories and actual recorded conversations with his sensei, Harutane Chiba, thirty-seventh generation of a famous clan of samurai swordsmen, Craig brings you into the presence of a true legend from Japan's imperial dojo. He presents the history of kendo kata, including stories of the kendo duel of old and an appendix describing the goshi, or country samurai, about which little is known today even in Japan. Throughout, Craig emphasizes and demonstrates the respect, restraint, and discipline that lie at the heart of kendo, where the most important opponent to vanquish is oneself.

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"An informed and informative guide . . . an excellent introduction and resource to the physical and spiritual depth of this challenging martial art."— The Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590300145
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/24/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.12 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrell Max Craig has black belts in ten different martial arts. In 1973 he was awarded the title of Shihan or master teacher—the equivalent of a knighthood in Japan and an honor rarely bestowed upon foreigners.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Beginning 1
2 Conversations with a Samurai 29
3 The Rei 61
4 Kendo Equipment 71
5 Keiko 93
6 Basic Uchi: Men, Kote, Do 117
7 A Brief History of Kendo Kata 131
8 Technical Kata 151
Appendix: The Goshi: or "Country Samurai" 221
Glossary 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    Excellent Guide for Beginners!

    This is really a great book for beginners. We have began using this book as a guide as well as others. Craig's book is full of detail, tradition, and lots of helpful information! Highly recommended! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    Best Book of Kendo

    A beautiful book, grand enough to be a 'coffee table book.' Extensive, detailed illustrations. Heart-warming stories. Technical information galore. Truly, the heart of kendo.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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