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The Heart of Kendo

A Comprehensive Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of the Art of the Sword

SKU# 9781570624070




Shambhala Publications | 12/01/1999
Pages: 256 | Size: 8.12 x 9.25
ISBN: 9781570624070


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.

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