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    Does anyone know of a good kendo book with lots of info/pics on various waza etc and kata?

    Thanks

    Commander

  • #2
    "Kendo The definitive guide" by Hiroshi Ozawa is pretty helpful. It has a lot of drawings (not real pictures) or waza and kata. I'm sure there are a lot of others, but this one is the best I've seen so far. (I haven't actually seen many though).
    Last edited by Kirsty; 10th May 2005, 04:44 AM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kirsty
      "Kendo The definitive guide" by Hiroshi Ozawa is pretty helpful. It has a lot of drawings (not real pictures) or waza and kata.
      I'll agree with this assessment. Ozawa's book is one of the better ones I've seen. I got another book last year, but I can't remember the title (big help, I know); I think it's either written by someone from Hawaii, or published by University of Hawaii (in other words, some connection to the Islands). It's pretty good, but I like Ozawa's book better.

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      • #4
        I also have a book called "The Heart of Kendo" by Darrel Max Craig. Its good too, but not as easy to understand. It does have a few interesting stories about the author's experience in kendo and interviews with his sensei...but not as much waza or anything. So I still say the first book RC_Kenshi and I recommended is the best one I know of. um....even though I don't know of that many.... ^_^;

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        • #5
          Does the definative guide have kata in it?

          What else does it have?

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          • #6
            As you're in the UK you may be able to get your hands on "Fundamental Kendo", the BKA did a reprint of it. It's an english translation of a ZNKR publication and very good.

            The standard book is "This is Kendo", it was published about 40 years ago but it's still a worthwhile book.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Commander
              Does the definative guide have kata in it?

              What else does it have?
              Yeah it has kata. It also has waza, keiko, etc.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Commander
                Does the definative guide have kata in it?

                What else does it have?
                Hi Commander-San...

                As a general guide, 'Kendo: The Definitive Guide' is hard to beat... It's an excellent book - one of the best Martial Arts books I have seen (comes in a close second to 'Aikido and the Dynamic Spheres' which is a real beauty !)you can pick it up for around 13 - 16 on Amazon.co.uk... They've got a new copy from Superbookdeals for 12.87 as we speak... whereas the Amazon price is just over 16...

                For Kata specifically, the best book is 'Looking at a Far Mountain: A Study of Kendo Kata' by Sensei Paul Budden. I recently went to a Kata Seminar that was led by Sensei Budden at Kodokan in Rickmansworth... It was absolutely excellent... If you get a chance to train with him don't miss it!!!

                This is available on Amazon.co.uk for between 7 and 9...

                If you bought both from Amazon at the Amazon price (Total 25.92) then you would get free shipping...

                Cheers
                Last edited by crabbi; 10th May 2005, 06:56 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Neil Gendzwill
                  As you're in the UK you may be able to get your hands on "Fundamental Kendo", the BKA did a reprint of it. It's an english translation of a ZNKR publication and very good.
                  That has been out of print for a decade (or something like that)...

                  Jakob

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                  • #10
                    Is there alot of reading in the definative guide and looking at a far mountain?

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                    • #11
                      ...for a short report on the Kodokan Kata Seminar take a look here : http://www.kendo.org.uk/newsevents/s...tareport.shtml

                      In the photo, the chap at the back on the far right (with a beard) is me...!

                      Funny how the camera only made me look fat... the other seem in fine fettle!!!

                      Cheers

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                      • #12
                        The definitive guide mostly has pictures and explanations to each picture. You could probably figure out what the pictures were demonstrating without even reading anything.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Commander
                          Is there alot of reading in the definative guide and looking at a far mountain?
                          Loads of piccies in both... the Definitive guide has great drawings and the Far Mountain has great photos... I recommend both...

                          cheers

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                          • #14
                            Also check out this link: http://www.ninecircles.co.uk/product...D=156&CatID=43

                            Neill-San is this the 2 volume re-print of the ZNKR Fundamental Kendo book you were talking about?

                            This is 18 whereas a secondhand copy of the original on Amazon.co.uk is around 170 !!!

                            Cheers
                            Last edited by crabbi; 10th May 2005, 07:27 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Definitive Guide and Far Mountain

                              These two books are essential. But note that "Looking at a Far Mountain" is about kata, and it is the overall best english language book on kata that I have found. Far Mountain, and a DVD/VHS can help you a lot with the basics of kata.

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