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Way of Kendo and Kenjitsu: Soul of the Samurai

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The old Kendo teachers loved to ask their new students "What is Kendo?" Then they would sit back and listen to them philosophize about the way of the sword.The question is like a Zen question. If you find an answer, it will always be wrong for there is no answer.Kendo is something different to each and every student who picks up a Japanese sword. Old Kenjitsu had no rules. Modern Kendo sometimes described as sport Kendo, does. This is the difference between the two.To learn Kendo properly you must not think of it...
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Overview

The old Kendo teachers loved to ask their new students "What is Kendo?" Then they would sit back and listen to them philosophize about the way of the sword.The question is like a Zen question. If you find an answer, it will always be wrong for there is no answer.Kendo is something different to each and every student who picks up a Japanese sword. Old Kenjitsu had no rules. Modern Kendo sometimes described as sport Kendo, does. This is the difference between the two.To learn Kendo properly you must not think of it or practice it as a sport. You must think of it as a way of life. When taking up Kendo the student must keep in mind that the Japanese sword is like no other sword in the world and the skills required to master it are as ancient as time itself.This book addresses advance level Kendo skills including equipment, exercises, wazas and the last three katas of the All Japan Kendo Federation, which uses the short sword (Wakizashi).Equipment of Kendo and its careAdvanced WazaFundamental MovementsAll Japan Kendo Federation Short Sword (Kodachi) KatasAbout the Samurai and his swordsSword CollectingSword Nomenclature
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Editorial Reviews

Norm Leff
"For those of you who are interested in Japanese swordsmanship and the Samurai, you will find this book an excellent how-to manual. It is full of interesting and valuable information...I found this book fascinating and motivating. My youngest son became inspired by reading this book...It's a must have for your Martial Arts library."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594390029
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 1,417,811
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrell Max Craig is a highly regarded teacher of many Japanese martial arts, and a pioneer in their development in the West for over forty years. He holds multiple black belts and is a U.S. Kendo champion, leading the U.S. Kendo team to the world championships. In 1973 he was awarded the title of Shihan, or Master Teacher. Among his many books on the subject is the widely praised The Heart of Kendo. He lives in Houston, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Dedication vii
Preface ix
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Chapter 2 Kihon Shitaku-Equipment 7
The Shinai
The Tare and the Do
The Kote
Storing the Bogu
The Hakama and the Uwagi
The Tenegui
Chapter 3 Advanced Waza 47
Fundamental Movements
Wazas
Chapter 4 The All Japan Kendo Federation Short Sword (Ko-dachi) Katas 103
A Samurai and a Ronin
The Place of Kata in Kendo
Ipponme
Nihonme
Sambonme
Chapter 5 Ancient Kenjitsu Kata Circle Center 153
Hon-Maru
Hokushin Itto Ko-dachi Kata
Chapter 6 The Samurai And His Swords 175
The Samurai Warriors
The Muromachi Period
The Edo Period
Chapter 7 Some Aspects of Swords and Sword Collection 191
Nomenclature
Katana for the Beginner Collector
Fakes and Forgeries
Polishing
Maintenance, Displaying, and Shipping
Chapter 8 Closure 215
Glossary: General Kendo Terms Japanese English Glossary 227
References 263
Index 266
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