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Forza The Samurai Sword Workout: Kick Butt and Get Buff with High-Intensity Sword Fighting Moves Paperback – July 15, 2005
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If you are an experience budoka who has studied kendo, iaido, or a related martial art this book is not for you. If you are a mundane individual who's got enough space to swing around a big stick and wants an interesting workout routine you ought to give this book a try. The book is a bit light on explanation but the step-by-step photos are clear and easy to follow. It might be better as a DVD but you can get sufficient information out of this format to perform the routines successfully. I recommend reading through it a couple times before getting started though.
I strongly recommend doing the warm-up drills before getting started. Even a few minutes with a lightweight stick can lead to pulled muscles or other injuries if you haven't done this kind of thing before.
If you really dig this stuff and want a serious workout, you should consider picking up a heavy ironwood bokken. It'll make you sweat fast. If you want something even heavier, you should probably consider an ironwood suburito (suburi bokken) which is thicker and heaver than a traditional bokken but has the same general shape. The balance, however, is not typically as good.Read more ›
This book is aimed at the workout crowd and not the martial artist, but I think that for anyone desiring some basic skills and forms on Japanese sword technique would like this book. The book is split up into basic exercises, more advanced exercies, and some forms, or routines which combine exercises together. The exercises are clearly explained with good pictures, although I could have wished for a little more detail on technique. There is a background explanation for swordwork at the beginning of the book, as well as workout hints and tips to begin a practice of the sword. The author clearly has training in formal martial arts, but does not go over the head of the beginner.
The day I got the book, I tried out the basic and advanced exercises. I only worked out about 10 minutes. I then had to take a few days off as my shoulders were so sore I could hardly lift them, even though I only practiced a few minutes. After having practiced the exercises as well as several of the routines, I am beginning to see a change in my shoulders. I also tend to lose track of the time when I get a hold of that sword and go through the workout.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in martial arts, swords, or simply firming up their arms and shoulders.
Those readers for whom the book was actually written, i.e., those seeking a fun, intense and interesting workout, will not be disappointed.
Warning: If you are seriously interested in studying Japanese swordsmanship, this book is of little use. Though the movements in this book are based on real sword training, some of the movements have been altered and important details have been left out. Focus has been given to things that create aerobic and anaerobic activity rather than things that create a clean cut and quick movement. If you study a traditional (or even a modern) Japanese sword style, your suburi and kata will already contain the activities in this book, plus more.
As for the quality of the book... It is a trade paperback with great pictures and good descriptions. There are a few points where the descriptions don't match the pictures and even one spot where both seem to be incorrect (an exercise seems to be repeated and an obvious variation is missing at that spot). Just use your common sense when something doesn't seem right. You'll get a good workout even if you're not doing everything perfectly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An instructor but this is a great illustrated guide to the different stances and moves. If you get really good there are several routines as well.Published 8 months ago by Coral Russell
The book is broken down into easy to learn sections, you can attack it and learn a lot in a short time if you are in shape and want a great full body work out, or you can learn a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Timothy M. Mccutcheon
This isn't a book to teach you how to be a Samurai. It is an interesting workout, another way to get your butt moving. I have studied bit of Ii-ado and Kenjutsu and loved them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rick Parrott
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