Prominent UK Kendo Teacher Shares His Reflections on Martial Arts in an Accessible New Book

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Renowned British kendo teacher, Geoff Salmon, has just had a second book published entitled 'Kendo, Inherited Wisdom and Personal Reflections' (Rethink Press). The Surrey-based author, who teaches kendo in the UK and throughout Europe, decided to write a book based on his popular blog (1) to answer questions about concepts, technique and philosophy that couldn't be covered fully in the Dojo.

Kendo, Inherited Wisdom and Personal Reflections
Because “Inherited Wisdom” focuses on the principles and philosophies of kendo, it will interest kendo players at all levels as well as those studying other martial arts. This is not just a “how to” guide. It also explains “why”.

Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging martial art practised by millions of people around the world. Tracing its lineage back to feudal Japan, kendo is at the same time a competitive international sport and a route to personal development, heavily influenced by Zen philosophy. While there is a broad canon of literature available in Japanese, there are few authoritative English language books on kendo. This book helps fill that gap.

The author, Geoff Salmon, has taken the lessons learned over his 45 year kendo career and distilled them into a series of instructive, thought-provoking articles covering kendo training methods and techniques, as well as the attitudes and philosophies that make kendo a lifetime's pursuit for many people. He highlights some of the differences between kendo training in Japan and other parts of the globe and also includes some light-hearted commentary on this martial sport.

Geoff says, "Because 'Inherited Wisdom' focuses on the principles and philosophies of kendo, it will interest kendo players at all levels as well as those studying other martial arts. This is not just a 'how to' guide. It also explains 'why'."

At the core of this book are the direct teachings of some of the great 2nd and 3rd generation kendo teachers, which have been either reproduced or paraphrased by the author. Salmon also uses his own experience to guide readers towards developing correct, efficient kendo.

Geoff Salmon is an international kendo referee and coach. He holds the grade of 7th Dan and is one of the few westerners to have passed the new All Japan Kendo Federation kyoshi examination. He has lived and trained in Japan and has devoted 45 years to the study of kendo. Geoff teaches kendo internationally and writes about the art at http://www.kendoinfo.net; he is also the author of 'Kendo, A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Swordsmanship'.

Kendo, Inherited Wisdom and Personal Reflections (ISBN 978-1-78133-071-5) is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle format(2).

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References
(1) http://www.kendoinfo.net
(2) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1781330719

Further Info
Rethink Press, is an independent publisher based in Norfolk, which started publishing unique fiction and niche titles in 2012. To receive a review copy of 'Kendo, Inherited Wisdom and Personal Reflections' or to speak to Geoff Salmon, please contact him on +44 7540 634136 or call Lucy McCarraher at Rethink Press on +44 7867 781 691

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