Kendo: Elements, Rules, and Philosophy

University of Hawaii Press
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All students of kendo--the formal art and practice of Japanese swordsmanship--will welcome this manual by an advanced practitioner with a deep understanding of the martial art. The work begins with a history of kendo in Japan, followed by a study of basic equipment and its proper care and use and a detailed description of forms and rules--essential aspects of any martial art. Beginners will find this section particularly helpful because of the close attention paid to fundamental techniques of kendo, including the rare two-sword form (nito ryu), largely unknown outside of Japan. Each technique is accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow illustrations. The Nihon Kendo Kata and Shiai and Shinpan rules and regulations are useful references for those learning the Kata and participating in matches. The author, who is also a practicing physician, is attentive throughout to injury prevention and safety--concerns often overlooked in martial arts manuals.

The elements of kendo philosophy, which can mystify even experienced practitioners, are explained in simple terms to aid understanding. The manual concludes with biographies of Japan's most celebrated swordsmen, an extensive glossary of kendo terms, and a history of kendo in Hawaii, where it has been practiced for more than a century and where some of the world's top practitioners can be found.

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About the author

Jinichi Tokeshi, M.D., was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan. After completing his medical studies in Hawaii, he opened a private practice in Honolulu and began teaching at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. He has attained a yondan in kendo and a sandan in iaido.

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University of Hawaii Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 2003
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Pages
297
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ISBN
9780824825980
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Language
English
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Genres
Sports & Recreation / Fencing
Sports & Recreation / Martial Arts & Self-Defense
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The ancient masters developed kata, or "formal exercises," as fault-tolerant methods to preserve their unique, combat-proven fighting systems. Unfortunately, they deployed a two-track system of instruction where an 'outer circle' of students unknowingly received modified forms with critical details or important principles omitted. Only the select 'inner circle' that had gained a master's trust and respect would be taught okuden waza, the powerful hidden applications of kata.

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This groundbreaking book unveils these methods, not only teaching you how to analyze your kata to understand what it is trying to tell you, but also helping you to utilize your fighting techniques more effectively—both in self-defense and in tournament applications.

* Fifteen general principles to identify effective techniques
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* Well organized materials for easy reference and comprehensive understanding
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