Way of Kendo and Kenjitsu: Soul of the Samurai

Way of Kendo and Kenjitsu: Soul of the Samurai

by Darrell Max Craig
     
 

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

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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 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

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594390029
Publisher:
Ymaa Publication Center
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
907,680
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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