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Budo:the Art of Killing

Harry J. Quini , Masayoshi Nemoto    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Budo: The Art of Killing is a documentary that contains no frills or flash, just a lot of information about many of the modern forms of Japanese martial arts (aikido, judo, kendo, karate as well as some naginata and iaido). While it's not the most entertaining video for the non-practitioner, it is a must have for any serious practitioner of martial arts.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic documentary Oct. 5 2007
By S J Buck - Published on Amazon.com
This documentary was filmed in the late 1970's, in Japan, and shows off most Japanese martial arts. Many well known martial arts masters are featured including:

Gozo Shioda (Aikido)
Takamiyama (Sumo)
Taizaburo Nakamura (Iaido)
Sadaharu Fujimoto (Karate)
Teruo Hayashi (Okinawa Kobudo)

There are also many other Judo, Kendo, Naginata and Samarai sword masters featured. The film takes place in Dojos and outdoors and shows off some of Japan's natural beauty very well. The film also covers some historical areas and a certain amount of the philosophy behind martial arts. What it shows best of all is the dedication and skill required to become skillful in any of these arts. This is an essential purchase for the enthusiatic martial arts student.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best martial arts documentaries I've ever seen July 21 2003
By Haseeb - Published on Amazon.com
The traditional Jappanese martial arts are discussed in this film. Karate, Judo, Kendo, Naginata, Aikido, Sumo as well as the traditional weapons are featured such as the sword, the nunchaku, the staff, the three section staff and the sai. The sound track and filmography are excellent. I was particularly impressed at how the slow motion footage showed some of the most dynamic throws of Judo.
Athough the traditional Jappanese martial arts are given fair treatment, it focuses on the ideals and philosophy of the Samurai Warrior (Budo).
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See for any Martial Artist Nov. 3 2006
By Emily - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a classic movie from Japan that my martial arts instructor has hauled out on a yearly basis to show his students. After many repetitions, the VHS tape was very worn, so I was really pleased to see this finally available on DVD.

It is rivetting from beginning to end. Beautiful scenery, and video of several true masters of the martial arts in Japan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for anyone interested in the martial arts Aug. 18 2011
By J. TEETERS - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie gives a real view of the martial and budo traditions of Japan. For the student of such traditions it is a great overview and inspiring documentary.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT-EXCELLENT Investment Jan. 25 2011
By Scott E. Doerr - Published on Amazon.com
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Budo - The Art of Killing (Need to Purchase)

This video is not about murder, assassination techniques, nor is it about becoming an elite saboteur. The content of this video are well worth the purchase. One thing it does is it exposes a variety of approaches to the idea of budo. It provides some historical content while stimulating curiosity. It is a great video for new students in budo to see samples of martial disciplines practiced as they stemmed from Japan, or even how they may be practiced now. There is some good swordsmanship in this video. It does a good job setting the tone of commitment and fortitude as being necessary attributes if one is to embrace or pursue budo as a lifestyle. This video is not meant to be a "How To..." instructional video. It is purely informative.
I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to enlarge their exposure to Budo on a larger scale.

Scott Doerr - Sensei - Shisei Ryu Aiki Budo Kai
Seishin Budokan
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