If you re looking for techniues or how to win at kendo this is not the book that will teach you What it will teach you is how kendo has evolved from its roots in 13th century Japan to the modern day Prof Bennett does not soft soap the history and writes about kendo s low points as a means of indoctrinating schoolchildren prior to World War II as well as its high points and its eventual evolution as a sport While it is a history book it s hardly as dry as you would think a history book would be Prof Bennett s delivery style is smooth and flows very well from point to point The book is printed in rather small print so there is a lot of information packed into the book and it took me several days to read through it I was also working long shifts while reading it I found it fascinating and well worth purchasing Dr Bennett is a rock star of the Japanese martial arts community widely acknowledged as one of the foremost scholars in the field Fluent in the language and history as well as a high level practitioner of multiple martial arts he brings unparalleled experience Years of writing for and editing the world s only English language kendo and other weapons arts magazine have honed his writing skills which are on display in this workThe practice of Japanese martial arts is rife with exaggerations and misunderstandings even among long time practitioners These myths are held as truth to the detriment of a deep understanding If you are looking for a clear headed look at the historical milieu from which modern kendo has spring this is the book for you As life has become busier for me it is increasingly difficult to find the time to read books This book has been an exce. Kendo is the first in depth historical cultural and political account in English of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice as a lobal sport today Alexander Bennett shows how kendo evolved through a recurring process of inventing tradition which served the changing ideologies and needs of Japanese warriors and overnment.
That made kendo the way we know it today and how it was able to remarkably preserve its traditions throughout modern timesThis book makes me appreciate kendo as a practitioner and I would recommend it to everyone who is interested to deepen their understanding of the art and educate themselves in the underpinnings of what made kendo the way it is This book is essential for understand the historical progression of kendo This book is for individuals interested in kendo or just Japanese bushido history Kendo Culture of the Sword is the most in depth thoroughly researched and well written book ever produced in English about the historical evolution of kendo and it s significance in Japanese culture Highly recommended for those who seek to learn about the kendo s history and philosophy A fantastic book on kendo Ton of thanks for Alex Bennett for publishing this book A must read book on the origins and future of kendo Anyone interested in kendo kenjutsu or budo would do themselves a favor by picking it up Although Kendo Culture of the Sword is clearly steeped in thorough academic reasearch it never strays from being easy to understand for laymen Experienced kenshi will no doubt be able to better appreciate the ongoing eternal budo vs sport debate and to frame it properly in its historical context thanks to Prof Bennett s effortsRecommend that the author simply submit the entire volume when eventually challenging for the rank of hanshi I m still halfway through it but I can say it s a reat book perfect for Kendo practitioners like me and also for anybody interested in the history of Japanese swordmanship Very happy with it Oh also LGB How To Be A Superhero good price and fast shipping too. Of nationalism to rekindle appreciation of traditional culture among Japans youth and toarner international prestige as an instrument of soft power Today kendo is becoming increasingly popular internationally But even as new organizations and clubs form around the world cultural exclusiveness continues to play a role in kendos ongoing evolution as the sport remains closely linked to Japans sense of collective identit.
Ption however due to a range of factors including an impressive depth of scholarship while at the same time being a well written accessible read I have been practicing Kendo for 20 years and learnt a lot from the pages of this book A must read for anyone interested in Kendo Hands down the best book I have read this year I have learnt some thing new from this book however this is the book worth reading than one time A very ood read Alex Bennet sets out the development of kendo in a scholarly way but never dry or overly academicI would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Japanese swordsmanship and its development The book is well written well documented and easy to read As an academic I really enjoyed the organization of the book and its thoroughness Really recommended for martial artists who want to know on the institutionalisation of Budo and specifically of kendo in Japan Prof Bennett s historical retracing of kendo s beginnings is both educational and eye opening for me in that it broke the recurring misconceptions or romanticized ideals I keep hearing or reading about with regards to how kendo is a centuries old samurai practice of honor discipline and an all out commitment to face death in battle when it is in fact an invented modern tradition utilized during the World War as a militaristic propaganda to instill Japanese ness and die hard patriotismnationalism Although it is not the author s intent for me to come to this conclusion but my main take away from this book is that kendo as a budo is very young compared to all other martial arts and Prof Bennett s thoroughly researched and informative book lays out all the socio historical facts. S over the course of history Kendo follows the development of Japanese swordsmanship from the aristocratic aesthetic pretensions of medieval warriors in the Muromachi period to the samurai elitism of the Edo regime and then to the nostalgic patriotism of the Meiji state Kendo was later influenced in the 1930s and 1940s by ultranationalist militarists and ultimately by the postwar overnment which sought a entler form.