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Really.. Did you read the same book I did?
on September 10, 2012
I read this book with some skepticism. I saw the reviews and was not encouraged. The horrible reviews of this book are (assuming the authors had basic knowledge of the arts) based in arrogance and prejudice (as 90% of negative reviews of any martial art system or book tend to be). This book is NOT a conventional martial arts book. The Author stepped outside the dojo and re approached the concept of long blade usage in modern paradigms. While I could pull a hundred statements from the book I would disagree with I cannot but help to respect the fresh and unique approach the author took. If you are looking for a book on how to impress your friends with fancy kata look elsewhere. If you are looking for a book that gives you basics of Iaido/Iaijitsu, Kendo look elsewhere. If you are looking for a book that will help you re-evaluate and re-think classical techniques in a modern setting. If you are looking for 21st century Kenjitsu, then this is a book you should own. I enjoy reading this book and reflecting on ways to adapt what I have learned in the dojo over the years to the street. As a result when I teach, as a result of the influence of this book a few others like it, I find myself focusing on real world scenarios more concisely and realistically. Once again, I could write a counter manifesto arguing with the author at times point by point with his theories. But I must bow with deep respect when I look at the freshness and totality of this excellent and undervalued contribution to the martial arts body of knowledge.