The Essence of Budo: A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Waysby Dave Lowry
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The study of budo, or the Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation, is a lifelong path toward perfection of character. Here, Dave Lowry, a sword master who has practiced and taught budo for over forty years, addresses the myriad issues, vagaries, and inconsistencies that arise for students of karate-do, judo, kendo, kenjutsu, aikido, and iaido as their training develops. He examines such questions as:
- What is the relationship between the student and teacher, and what should one expect from the other?
- What does rank really mean?
- How do you correctly and sensitively practice with someone less experienced than you?
- What does practice look like as one ages?
- Why do budo arts put such an emphasis on etiquette?
- And many others
Meet the Author
Dave Lowry is an accomplished martial artist, calligrapher, and writer. He is the restaurant critic for St. Louis Magazine and writes regularly for a number of magazines on a wide variety of subjects, many of them related to Japan and the Japanese martial arts. He is the author of numerous books including Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai, Sword & Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts, Clouds in the West: Lessons from the Martial Arts of Japan, and The Connoisseur's Guide to Sushi.
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I read this book as homework before a karate seminar. I was so excited! I love Dave Lowry's books. He teaches so much, and his examples are always interesting. This book is no exception.