Looking at a Far Mountain: A Study of Kendo Kata (Tuttle Martial Arts) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/8/15
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A complete exploration of the martial art kendo - Includes technical specifics such as form, positioning, and breathing - Offers detailed explanations of kata - Includes an extensive history of the kendo tradition and a lineage chart of the great kendo masters - Written by Paul Budden - a member of the award-winning team at the European Kendo Championships - Endorsed by the premier Japanese kendo body and suitable for kendo students of different levels - Author lives in Chesham, England ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Derived from the ancient japanese warrior art of the sword and imbued with the principles of Zen Buddhism, kendo has now gained worldwide popularity for its appealing combination of sport and meditation. In Looking at a Far Mountain, kendo expert Paul Budden explains the essentials of the art.
A well done volume which goes beyond the basic repetitive kendo books which have been "done before". What a delight that this volume was finally reprinted! Enjoy!
The pictures are clear, and the points of note useful when atempting to refine your practice. Overall a much better (and understandable) coverage of the kata than Ozawa's "Kendo: The definitive guide". The page lay-out includes both shidachi and uchidachi as they enter and exit, though I would have liked to have seen movement arrows (a la Yang, Jwing-Ming). Overall though, this has been a very useful purchace, and I recommend it for anyone interested in learning and refining their kendo kata.