Beginners Guide to Kendo and Iaido - d
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Taught by Jim Wilson member of former Champion team of Kendoists. He shows basics, cuts, blocks, & footwork, as well as all decorum & etiquette associated with the way of the sword.
Excellent tape on both, the technical and the production aspects! -- FightingSpirit.com
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Good introductory video providing a broad overview of the area and delivers everything that is outlined on the box cover.
Lots of good demonstration of the movements.
No chapters so there is no easy way to jump to specific portions of the video. It would have been good to organize the categories of movements so you can jump to the chapters and review them.
It would have been better if each motion could be repeated several times, one after another, so that you can watch first the arm movements, then the leg movements, then the two together. That's how I learned Tai Chi and Tai Chi sword. Instead you will need to use your DVD remote to zip back and forth. This is not particularly easy to do when you are holding a boken (unless they can build a DVD remote into the boken ;^) But of course the only real way to learn Kendo or any martial arts is to work with a sensai.
Audio quality is very very poor. This is particularly problematic when he utters Japanese terms and the audio has dropped out.
I have played this disk on my Xbox and at the 35-minute point the disk is completely unreadable.
I then played it on my laptop and it was viewable but audio was extremely stuttery.
So be warned that you may experience playback problems.
If you can find a VHS copy, I've been told that the quality is much better.
I sincerely hope that the producers of this DVD will fix the problems and re-release it; this has the potential of being a cornerstone teaching DVD.
Don't waste your time with this. You can't really learn much from a video without real, personal instruction. Until just recently, all the sanctioned kendo dojo in the U.S. were non-profit organizations. I don't know why it changed. But in any case, the really good sensei are volunteers. So, the fees are very minimal. If you're really determined to learn correct kendo, you'll find a sensei who will teach in Japanese. Kendo is not something you master in a year. Even people who have been doing it for 20 years are called beginners. Just my opinion.
Definitely a waste of time and money for anyone that is truly interested in the Japanese sword arts.
If you must have training videos, e-bogu sells some that are made by Taro Ariga, a well-known international competitor. But really I'd recommend you find a dojo if kendo interests you.
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