The Definitive Guide

  • Hiroshi Ozawa
  • Translated by Angela Turzynski

Size: 264×190 mm, 710 g
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 188
line drawings, appendices
ISBN10: 1-56836-580-2
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-580-0
Release date: March 10, 2017

List price: $35.00

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Kendo—the Way of the Sword—is one of the oldest of Japan's martial arts and the one most closely associated with the samurai. Immortalized in the action movies of Akira Kurosawa and in the bestselling novel Musashi, Kendo—originally a form of swordsmanship—has in recent years developed into a popular and highly competitive sport enjoyed by thousands of men and women around the world.

Kendo: The Definitive Guide is the first book in English to provide a practical and truly comprehensive approach to the subject. Everything that the novice needs to know, from basic information about purchasing, wearing, and maintaining essential equipment to competing in international tournaments, is explained in simple, straightforward language. Step-by-step explanation of fundamental techniques needed to be mastered to attain black belt level is illustrated in easy-to-follow line drawings.

With appendices giving the rules at international competitions and important information about Kendo clubs outside Japan.

Kendo is the definitive guide for all non-Japanese Kendoists. A special section about the history and development of this martial art and guidelines for running practice sessions also make it a unique resource for all teachers of Kendo.


  • basic Kendo principles and techniques
  • official International Kendo Federation regulations
  • list of Kendo clubs and national associations around the world

About the author

HIROSHI OZAWA is a professor emeritus at the Tokyo University of Science and Kendo kyoshi, 8th dan.  He also serves as an executive director at Eishingijuku Koubukan, a director at the All Japan Kendo Federation, and an executive director at the Tokyo Kendo Federation.   He was born in Saitama Prefecture in 1950 into a highly respected Kendo family which was instrumental in incorporating Kendo into the physical education curriculum as a core subject.  He makes regular trips abroad to demonstrate and teach Kendo, and also writes books about samurai ethics.