This Is Kendo Paperback – Dec 15 1989
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I read this book mainly for the history of kendo, in order to supplement the reading I'm doing on the history of iai, as I am mainly an iaido practitioner rather than a kendo-ka. I'd recently read Karl Friday's Legacies of the Sword, a scholarly work by an American professor of Japanese history on iaido, much of it impressively written from original Japanese sources. It was quite detailed as far as the history and philosophy of Kashima-Shinryu iaido goes, but other styles get discussed too, such as Jikishin Kage-ryu and Yagyu Shinkage-ryu. However, much of the information is relevant to other styles as well. But it was primarily, as I said, on iai, so I wanted to get some background in the kendo as well. I mention it because it would be a good book to read after this one. Just be advised, if you're familiar with Dave Lowry's lively and entertaining books on iaido, this is truly a academic tome, and the style is much denser and dryer than Lowry's works, but it's worth reading for the exhaustive detail and scholarship that went into it. The author says that it was the product of 20 years of research, and it shows.
I can't comment on the technical aspects of the kendo forms and techniques, but I thought the history was excellent despite a few things I found far-fetched, such as the author's mentioning of 9-foot swords. I note one of the other reviewers commented on this too, and he also had a problem with some of the author's facts on European armor.Read more ›
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This book, along with Fundamental Kendo (of the Zen Nihon Kendo Remmei) are still the most important kendo books around. Read morePublished on June 22 2001 by Joaquim Coelho
As an aspiring disciple of the sport of Kendo, I found this a most informative and practical work. Although it's an "old" book (page 33 has a picture of a US flag with... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 1999
This was my first kendo book back in 1989 when I began practicing. It is one of only two books exclusively on kendo that I have kept all these years. Read morePublished on May 4 1998
This is an interesting volume that should be both helpful to the beginning kendo student and to anyone who simply wants to find out what kendo is about. Read morePublished on July 17 1997