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Manufacturer: Ulysses Press
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 613
EAN: 9781569754788
Format: Illustrated
ISBN: 1569754780
Label: Ulysses Press
Manufacturer: Ulysses Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 100
Publication Date: 2005-07-15
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Studio: Ulysses Press

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Readers tired of the same old workout moves can grab a sword (a broomstick and some imagination will do!) and slice, chop, and thrust their way into great shape. In Forza The Samurai Sword Workout, top New York trainer Ilaria Montagnani transforms ancient Japanese sword fighting techniques from kendo and aikijujitsu into a supercharged fitness program.

Specially designed to work the whole body, Montagnani's program teaches precise striking movements that shape the upper and lower body while building strength. Forza The Samurai Sword Workout is also a fantastic cardiovascular workout as various movements are strung together into movie-like, choreographed fighting sequences performed at high speed. The book includes a resource section explaining how and where to purchase various workout swords, including steel, wood, and weighted plastic.


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Summary: Forza: The Samurai Sword Workout
Comment: I purchased this book along with a DVD of the same title, expecting it to have some direct relation to the DVD. Aside from its being from the same author and the use of the same equipment, it didn't. I suppose it lived up to its title, but it was very disappointing.

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Summary: Swordwork.
Comment: The sequenced patterns are excellent to develop fluidity and dexterity with the bokken. Take her suggestion of using music when moving through the patterens it adds a nice touch to the flow. Aikidoka who are familiar with the basic stances and cuts will appreciate the pattern linkages.

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Summary: A workout
Comment: Doing the cuts and practices as instructed by the book can be quite the workout when you focus on the correctness of your motions, and doing them slowly can make it very rigorous.

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Summary: Save your money, buy cat food instead
Comment: As a student of Itto Tenshin Ryu Kenjutsu (a classical Japanese sword fighting technique used by samurai) I must state that this book is a grotesque-horrible bastardization of samurai swordsmanship. Not to mention, you are most certainly going to get yourself hurt if you try to do what is described in this book.
Even as a cardio-workout, you are going to tare your body up. Why? the exercises in this book do not match the proper footwork with the appropriate cuts. Also, this type of moment combined with the hyper extension of the body displaces your center of gravity and will unevenly load your joints. An Olympic gymnast may be able to do this workout, but that does not make it right, and especially not right for someone trying to get into shape.
If you are a practitioner of the Japaneses sword and want a good laugh; then, by all means buy this book. You will laugh so hard you will commit seppuku.

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Summary: Save your money...
Comment: I bought this book out of curiosity, against my common sense.
I've been a martial artist for over 10 years and was interested to see what this new workout had to offer. After reading it I realized that what this book has to offer is very little. As novel a concept as it appears to be, this book was a waste of money, time, and publishing. There is nothing offered by this book that is unique or even worthwhile.
Perhaps the actual classes have more to offer, in person amongst other people, I'm sure it is more interesting. However if you're trying to learn anything or gain anything from this book, look elsewhere.


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