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Traditions: Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways (Tuttle Martial Arts)by Dave Lowry
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The goals of the budo—the martial arts and Ways of Japan—lie in refining the body and spirit. The techniques, methods, and rituals of the budo can provide invaluable lessons for today's martial artists—and serve as guides to a well-lived life.
In Traditions, Davy Lowry discusses unique aspects of the budo ranging from hacho, or deliberate asymmetry, to uke-waza, the art of "receiving" an attack. The spirit of ryomi, the process of self-evaluation and improvement, is illustrated through the story of Kaofujita, a master swordsman who never stopped practicing the first movement he learned. You'll also learn the importance of yuyo, the distance where an attacker must focus his strike, from the story of Jubei, whose mastery of yuyo saved him in a life-and-death encounter, and the significance of shikaku—, the dead zone, on maintaining balance in combat and in life.
With its focus on traditional martial arts, and fascinating stories that illustrate key martial arts principles and philosophy,Traditions will be required reading for serious martial artists.
Book News Annotation:
Lowry collects 53 monthly columns he has written for Black Belt Magazine over the past 16 years on traditional aspects of karate and the budo of Japanese martial arts in general. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This collection of essays includes discussions of: the spirit of ryomi; the importance of yuyo; and the significance of ma. With its focus on traditional martial arts and stories that illustrate key martial arts principles, "Traditions" aims to be required reading for serious martial artists.
With its focus on traditional martial arts, and fascinating stories that illustrate key martial arts principles, "Traditions" is written by a well-known expert on the subject with 35 years of experience.
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