All students of kendo–the formal art and practice of Japanese swordsmanship–will welcome this manual by an advanced practitioner with a deep understanding of the martial art. The work begins with a history of kendo in Japan, followed by a study of basic equipment and its proper care and use and a detailed description of forms and rules–essential aspects of any martial art. Beginners will find this section particularly helpful as a result of the close attention paid to fundamental techniques of kendo, including the rare two-sword form (nitô ryû), in large part unknown outdoor of Japan. Each and every technique is accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow illustrations. The Nihon Kendo Kata and Shiai and Shinpan rules and regulations are useful references for those learning the Kata and participating in matches. The writer, who may be a practicing physician, is attentive all over to injury prevention and safety–concerns continuously overlooked in martial arts manuals.
The elements of kendo philosophy, which can mystify even experienced practitioners, are explained in simple terms to aid understanding. The manual concludes with biographies of Japan’s most celebrated swordsmen, an extensive glossary of kendo terms, and a history of kendo in Hawaii, where it has been practiced for more than a century and where one of the world’s top practitioners can also be found.