Here is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Kendo, the Japanese "way of the sword," the ancient martial art that originated in the Japanese samurai tradition. Kendo is a way of life shaped by the discipline that produces perseverance, alertness, concentration, and introspection. It is very closely tied to Zen: it adepts traditionally also train in Zen meditation, and numerous Zen masters have been adept at the art of Kendo. Kendo's principles of ethics and mindful action have had a formative effect on the other Japanese martial arts practiced in America, such as Aikido.
This book includes the history of the art of the sword, the basic equipment used, a glossary of terms, and instructions for all the basic forms illustrated with more than 230 line drawings.