The Essence of Budo: A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
The Essence of Budo: A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.49
BN.com price
(Save 42%)$19.95 List Price

Overview

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

Lowry also gives practical advice for beginning and advanced students on improving structural integrity in posture and movement, focusing under stress, stances and preparatory actions before engaging with an opponent, and recognizing a good teacher from a bad one.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"One of the most attractive aspects of this book is the humor. Mr. Lowry points out the sheer necessity of self-deprecation and humor, mellowing the inevitable mistakes and failings of both students and sensei. Mr. Lowry's debunking of myth, placement of budo where it belongs in a healthy life, and recommendations for picking a sensei are invaluable. If you or your child are contemplating Japanese martial arts training, buy this book."—San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834822139
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/21/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 836,311
  • File size: 440 KB

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Refining Training

1 Letting Me Win 3

2 Bashing About 9

3 Baking a Cake 15

4 Demonstrations 21

5 Stamina 27

6 Answering Your Sensei 31

7 Balance 35

8 Fighting a Crippled Opponent 39

9 Focus 43

10 I'm Ready 47

11 Martial Arts Etiquette (Budo Saho) 51

Part 2 Contemplating Tradition

12 Tradition and Personal Interpretation (Dento-Kosho) 67

13 Reinventing the Wheel 73

14 Takabakari and Taking Measurement the Old Fashioned Way 77

15 Secrets 81

16 How Come They Fought Differently in the Old Days? 85

17 The Importance of a Good Teacher 89

18 Teachers and Students 93

19 Soul Budo 97

20 Licensed to Kill-or Something 101

21 The "Martial" in a Martial Arts Dojo 107

22 Daily Life for the Samurai 111

Part 3 Reflecting on the Way

23 Okay, Now What? 125

24 Choosing a Sensei 129

25 What If? 133

26 Daddy Hits Me Because He Loves Me 137

27 A Little Common Sense 141

28 "I Don't Need to Train Anymore" 145

29 Following the Way 149

30 Does It Do What It Says? 153

31 A Master of Masters? 157

32 Why Not? 161

33 Try This at Home 165

34 What's Wrong with the Japanese? 169

Glossary 179

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Dave Lowry is always a good read.

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)