Here’s a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Kendo, the Japanese “way of the sword,” the ancient martial art that originated within the Japanese samurai tradition. Kendo is a lifestyle shaped by the discipline that produces perseverance, alertness, concentration, and introspection. It is rather closely tied to Zen: it adepts traditionally also train in Zen meditation, and a large number of Zen masters have been adept at the art of Kendo. Kendo’s principles of ethics and mindful action have had a formative effect at the other Japanese martial arts practiced in The united states, such as Aikido.
This book includes the history of the art of the sword, the basic equipment used, a word list of terms, and instructions for the entire basic forms – illustrated with more than 230 line drawings.