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    Assisted by my brother Blake, and supervised by Satō Nariaki-sensei, for the past year I have been working hard on a translation of the Kendō Shidō Yōryō (The Official Guide for Kendo Instruction). This book, as the title suggests, is the official be-all and end-all textbook authorized by the All Japan Kendo Federation. This is the book that outlines the correct way of executing all of the kendo techniques, and definitions for terms and concepts. It is used in Japan as the standard text for seminars, and is what people studying for their Kyōshi examination have to memorize. Actually, part of the reason for doing the translation is in preparation of the International Kendo Federation (FIK) Kyōshi exam system which is being organised at the moment. More to come on that later. The book will be a useful, nay, indispensible guide for all instructors of kendo. As the bible of kendo explaining how all aspects of it should be done, the text can be quite dry in places, but is very detailed and is a must have for all kendoists. You can buy the book here on the AJKFs homepage.

    l A Short History of Kendo and its Evolution 剣道小史 剣道の流れ
    l What is Kendo? 剣道の在り方
    l Kendo Instruction 剣道指導の在り方
    l Kendō-gi, Hakama, and Training Equipment 剣道着・袴および用具
    l Rei (Etiquette)
    l Kihon-Dōsa (Basic Movements) 基本動作
    l Applied Movements (Techniques) 応用動作(対人的技能)
    l Training Methodology (Keiko-hō) 稽古法
    l Shiai 試合
    l Warming-up, Cooling-down and Strengthening Exercises 準備・整理運動と補強運動
    l Glossary 主な剣道用語
    l Appendix

    The following excerpt is taken from the introductory section where Fukumoto Shuji-sensei gives information surrounding how the book came to fruition.

    The Yōshōnen Kendō Shidō Yōryo (Kendo Guide for Instructing Children), first published on March 15, 1977, was substantially revised and republished on November 1, 1985, based on input and opinions by numerous specialists. It was reprinted several times after this, and by April 25, 2001, it had reached its tenth edition. Despite the title, this book has been utilized for many years to instruct people of all levels and ages, not just children.

    Twenty years have passed since the first revised edition was made available. To incorporate the sentiments of instructors, and gain consistency with other publications produced by the AJKF, the federation (President Takeyasu Yoshimitsu, and Managing Director Ōtani Masatoshi) organized a committee on June 27, 2006, to consider further modifications to the original text. In total, forty-five meetings were convened in which the ideas of many instructors and experts were heard, culminating in the publication of the Kendō Shidō Yōryō (The Official Guide for Kendo Instruction) on July 1, 2008. This publication is the English translation of that book.

    This fully revised edition will provide kendoists all over the world with comprehensive information to learn and teach kendo properly. Of course, the intention is not unify all teaching methods. Instead, the content is designed to provide instructors with clues on how kendo should be taught, and as such, it is my hope that it is employed by teachers far and wide.

    • b8amack
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      b8amack commented
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      It is poorly bound, but come on, the AJKF is not a printing house. Cut it some slack.

    • Gilligan
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      Gilligan commented
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      I have other AJKF books, and they have all been great, the JP/ENG dictionary for example is 10 years old, and there is only wear on the cover where the title has rubbed off, very well made.Now a book like this which is aimed at those teaching, but suitable for all. I`d expect it to be read often, I`d also expect it to hold together more than a few reads. I have pages in mine taped in. So I think it is of poor quality. No the AJKF is not a printing house, but they did choose and ok one to print it. Or they went with cheaper methods to keep cost down at the expence of quality?? "cut it some slack" I am just telling it like it is, not having an unfair dig at it. Maybe someone might like to hear that before they buy it? I like to keep books, I like to re-read them and the way this one is bound is nothing short of a shame.

    • Alex
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      Alex commented
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      I also have acopy, funnily enough. I open it almost every day and treat it pretty badly (because I have another 3 on my bookshelf). So far I have had no problems at all. Pages still there solid and sound. The nature of the book compared to the dictionary (revised version out now BTW) is completey different because of the layout and size. I guess some books may suffer in the mass production process. Actually, the Japanese version I own came to pieces pretty quickly, but I just put it in a folder. The printing companies are different. I am here at the summer kendo seminar for foreigners in Kitamoto at the moment, so I will mention your concerns to the AJKF. I know what they will prbably say, but still.
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