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There are also many other Judo, Kendo, Naginata and Samarai sword masters featured. The film takes place in Dojos and outdoors and shows off some of Japan's natural beauty very well. The film also covers some historical areas and a certain amount of the philosophy behind martial arts. What it shows best of all is the dedication and skill required to become skillful in any of these arts. This is an essential purchase for the enthusiatic martial arts student.
Athough the traditional Jappanese martial arts are given fair treatment, it focuses on the ideals and philosophy of the Samurai Warrior (Budo).
The DVD is quite dated - probably from the late sixties or seventies - but it has a certain charm to it. The demonstrations take place, for the most part, in the beautiful natural settings of Japan. Those demonstrations that take place indoors are usually in the surroundings of picturesque dojos. It has a certain charm and it brings out the art of the martial arts practiced in Japan.
The martial arts presented are: the sword, traditional martial arts weapons like tonfa, nunchaku, sai, kama, bo, and the naginata glaive. Unarmed arts included Aikido, Karate, Judo and Sumo. Each of these had a master-level practitioner who demonstrated the techniques of that art. This video has a very formal feel to it and there are none of the more flamboyant demonstrations we often see today. Frankly, it thought it was a welcome change and there was a certain purity of form in the demonstrations of techniques.
It is a bit dated and the soundtrack definitely has a '70's feel to it but, on the whole, it's a good video. I recommend this DVD with four stars.
This video is not about murder, assassination techniques, nor is it about becoming an elite saboteur. The content of this video are well worth the purchase. One thing it does is it exposes a variety of approaches to the idea of budo. It provides some historical content while stimulating curiosity. It is a great video for new students in budo to see samples of martial disciplines practiced as they stemmed from Japan, or even how they may be practiced now. There is some good swordsmanship in this video. It does a good job setting the tone of commitment and fortitude as being necessary attributes if one is to embrace or pursue budo as a lifestyle. This video is not meant to be a "How To..." instructional video. It is purely informative.
I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to enlarge their exposure to Budo on a larger scale.
Scott Doerr - Sensei - Shisei Ryu Aiki Budo Kai
It is rivetting from beginning to end. Beautiful scenery, and video of several true masters of the martial arts in Japan.
The video gives a broad stroke coverage of most of the best known Japanese martial arts such as Kendo, Karate, Kobudo, Judo, Aikido and Sumo, however it also endeavors to explain how apparently different styles do find a level of integration. This video is definately not a "how to" type of presentation. Instead, it opts to broaden the viewer's understanding of how tightly integrated the Japanese martial arts are to the Japanese cultural mindset. This includes men, women and even children.
I showed this video to my martial arts class, and I asked them to study it, take notes and we then discussed it at the end of the showing. My students, also men, women and children, got it right away. They all saw the connection between mental training and physical discpline. They were both awed and inspired by the physical skills demonstrated. Finally, they immediately understood what it means to be committed to the training.
I should mention that the one sequence that got to everyone, including me when I first saw the video, was the one that includes the locomotive. To explain further would rob the viewer of an amazing visual experience.
All in all, I highly recommend this video to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of not only Japanese martial arts, but of all martial arts. The only weak area that I saw was in some of the flow. It seems a bit jumbled at times. Nevertheless, we can probably consider the video as moving on the road to perfection, but not yet achieving it--just like the subject matter.
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Very good snap shots of Japanese Martial arts. Entertaining. ColorfulPublished 4 months ago by Jmori
This is a intresting face about Japanese Martial Arts, I would recommend this for Martial Arts fans and practitioners alike.Published 14 months ago by Abunidal Paredes
Excelent video of the origin of the Japanese Martial Arts,Published 14 months ago by Camilo Yaryura
Good movie for those who take interest in martial arts, especially concerning those of Japan.Published 19 months ago by Patricia Woodburn
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