Synopses & Reviews
Newly redesigned, Secrets of the Samurai is the definitive study of the martial arts of feudal Japan.
Beginning with a panoramic survey of the tumultuous early struggles of warlords contending for political ascendancy, this classic text outlines the relentless progression of the military class toward absolute power. In addition to illustrating actual methods of combat, the authors discuss in detail the crucial training necessary to develop a warrior's inner power and to concentrate all his or her energies on a single force. Secrets of the Samurai is essential for those interested in Japanese combat techniques, weaponry or military tradition.
Newly redesigned and with a new foreword, Secrets of the Samurai is the definitive study of martial arts of feudal Japan
Includes bibliographical references (p. 465-471) and index.
About the Author
received his degree in classical studies and law from the University of Naples. He later came to the United States and began to study aikido with Yasuo Ohara, one of the first instructors to teach in New York. He and Adele Westbrook shared a longtime interest in the thought and rituals of ancient civilizations and were experts on Japanese warrior arts and ethos.
Adele Westbrook studied philosophy at Columbia University at the same time co-author Oscar Ratti was doing graduate work in the classical languages. They began to practice aikido together, and studied under a variety of instructors in the United States and Europe. They are the authors of the best-selling Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere. Ms. Westbrook lives in New York City.