Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword

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Ohara Publications, 1986 - Sports & Recreation - 191 pages
Focusing his expertise on the techniques and history of the bokken—the wooden training sword used by both ancient samurai and today’s swordsmen—the author maintains that training with the bokken is important on two levels for the modern practitioner: to build the physical stamina, rhythms, and adroit body movements of traditional swordsmanship and to achieve something of the animating spirit of the traditional swordsman. This history of the bokken combines the author's concise, eloquent writing style with more than 100 photographs to provide the reader with the traditional and modern perspectives of this vital, historically rich practice tool.

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User Review  - David_Kantrowitz - LibraryThing

I first picked up this book in 1995, and have been a fan of the bokken ever since. I found the photographs easy to follow and soon taught myself everything the book had to offer. Shortly after that I ... Read full review


Origins of the Bokken
Training with the Bokken
Selecting the Bokken and Equipment

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About the author (1986)

Dave Lowry has written several books about Japanese culture and the martial arts. Since 1986, his writing has been featured in Black Belt magazine in a monthly column called "Karate Way.

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