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The Heart of Kendo: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of the Art of the Sword (English) (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9781590300145    Publisher: Shambhala Year of publishing: 2003     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 256        Language: English
"The martial arts if taught correctly are limitless journeys with no final destination " writes martial arts master Darrell Craig. "They are a way of life." He begins that journey here with the basics:...Read more
"The martial arts if taught correctly are limitless journeys with no final destination " writes martial arts master Darrell Craig. "They are a way of life." He begins that journey here with the basics: sitting breathing and the all-important bow or rei. He describes kendo equipment and its care then progresses to some of the basic features of a kendo practice session: warm-up exercises assuming the proper stance grip strikes and positioning. Only then does he move on to the seven long-sword forms or kata that are the foundation of kendo practice. But Craig's teachings go far beyond mechanics. Through stories and actual recorded conversations with his sensei Harutane Chiba thirty-seventh generation of a famous clan of samurai swordsmen Craig brings you into the presence of a true legend from Japan's imperial dojo. He presents the history of kendo kata including stories of the kendo duel of old and an appendix describing the goshi or country samurai about which little is known today even in Japan. Throughout Craig emphasizes and demonstrates the respect restraint and discipline that lie at the heart of kendo where the most important opponent to vanquish is oneself.
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About the author: Darrell Craig
Darrell Max Craig has black belts in ten different martial arts. In 1973 he was awarded the title of Shihan or master teacher--the equivalent of a knighthood... Read more
Darrell Max Craig has black belts in ten different martial arts. In 1973 he was awarded the title of Shihan or master teacher--the equivalent of a knighthood in Japan and an honor rarely bestowed upon foreigners.
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