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3rd March 2002, 06:07 AM
I am interested in finding books on kendo. Can anyone recomend any books that they have found usefull or informative.
3rd March 2002, 07:34 AM
The best book that I am aware of is "KENDO the Definitive Guide" by Hioshi Ozawa.
3rd March 2002, 09:56 PM
Just a quick correction to the author's name...
"Kendo: The Definitive Guide" by Hiroshi Ozawa
4th March 2002, 03:16 AM
For a general introduction, take a look at "Complete Kendo" by John J. Donohue, and "The Heart of Kendo" by Darrel Max Craig.
For a decent book on Kendo Kata, take a look at "Looking at a Far Mountain: A Study of Kendo Kata" by Paul Budden.
I thought all of these were good primers to the subject.
4th March 2002, 04:49 AM
funny you should mention the book by Paul Budden as he is my Kendo teacher. :)
Thank you both for the replies to my messege, do you know of any books that go more into the history side of Kendo?
Many thanks, I look forward to your replies,
4th March 2002, 05:26 AM
For a great historical perspective of modern kendo, take a look at Donn F. Draeger's "Modern Bujutsu & Budo." He covers most of the modern budo disciplines in this book, but his chapter on modern kendo traces the art from its Meiji era roots to the present.
I think Draeger's writing is rather scholarly and dry. But if you can look past that, he offers some rather interesting insight on the history of modern kendo.
I emphasize "modern" kendo here, because I practice a more classical, itto-ryu based kendo called Sakurai-ha Kohgen Itto-ryu which demphasizes the sporting aspect of today's kendo and instead focuses on classical techniques in iaido, kata, shinai kendo, tai-yoho (similar to aikido), and soyjutsu (spear) to bring down an opponent. But perhaps that's best left for another thread at another time.....
Hope this helps.
4th March 2002, 11:16 AM
To say the least, the Classical Kendo Federation sounds very interesting. I live in NE Ohio, and have been hoping to run into one of the members of your school. Please email me.
4th March 2002, 09:18 PM
I just posted an email to you; hope you got it. Look forward to hearing from you.
- Lito Ramirez
6th March 2002, 09:09 AM
I did not get the email. Try firstname.lastname@example.org
6th March 2002, 10:07 AM
I posted another email to your aol account; hope you get this one.
13th March 2002, 06:41 AM
sounds really interesting. Please e-mail me some info about it and provide som links.
13th March 2002, 08:35 AM
I just posted an email to you through this board. If you did not receive it, please feel free to email directly at email@example.com.
Look foward to hearing from you.
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