The Heart of Kendo
A Comprehensive Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of the Art of the Sword
By Darrell Max Craig
(Shambhala, Paperback, 9781590300145, 256pp.)
Publication Date: January 14, 2003
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But Craig's teachings go far beyond mechanics. Through stories and actual recorded conversations with his sensei, Harutane Chiba, thirty-seventh generation of a famous clan of samurai swordsmen, Craig brings you into the presence of a true legend from Japan's imperial dojo. He presents the history of kendo kata, including stories of the kendo duel of old and an appendix describing the "goshi, " or country samurai, about which little is known today even in Japan. Throughout, Craig emphasizes and demonstrates the respect, restraint, and discipline that lie at the heart of kendo, where the most important opponent to vanquish is oneself.