Koryu Bujutsu : Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan

Koryu Bujutsu : Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan

by Diane Skoss, George H. Bristol
     
 

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Probably the best book on martial arts this year…" according to Wayne Muromoto of Furyu: The Budo Journal. Koryu Bujutsu is the first book (since the work of the late Donn F. Draeger, twenty years ago) written by native-English speaking experts on the martial traditions of the Japanese samurai; the authors of these eight essays break through the exotic image of

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Probably the best book on martial arts this year…" according to Wayne Muromoto of Furyu: The Budo Journal. Koryu Bujutsu is the first book (since the work of the late Donn F. Draeger, twenty years ago) written by native-English speaking experts on the martial traditions of the Japanese samurai; the authors of these eight essays break through the exotic image of the koryu bujutsu and explain what these fascinating arts are really all about. "A sensitive, earnest and absorbing introduction…" writes Graham Dwyer of the Daily Yomiuri. Includes thirty-three photographs, bibliographical references, a Japanese glossary with kanji, and a detailed index.

Editorial Reviews

Kim Taylor
"Overall this book is a 'must-have' for anyone who is serious about the study of the Japanese Martial Arts, classical or modern, bujutsu or budo."
Kim Taylor, Journal of Japanese Sword Arts, July 1997
Wayne Muromoto
"After Donn Draeger's books, there have been very few publications that I would recommend to the English-speaking martial arts public in terms of authentic martial arts culture, history, and lore, especially concerning classical budo. This new book is a rarity, something that flabbergasted me. It's a winner; it encapsulates and brings into focus all the striving we and others like us have been doing all these years... This is probably the best book on martial arts this year, if not for several years past and hence..." Wayne Muromoto, Furyu: The Budo Journal, #8 Fall 1997
Jay Swan
"I can summarize my review of this book in two words: BUY IT. This is the only English language general book on koryu bujutsu that I am aware of that has come out since Donn Draeger's day... If your only exposure to the bujutsu comes from reading Draeger's work, this book provides perspectives that are both similar to and different from his." Jay Swan, WWW Martial Arts Resource Page, July 1997
Karl Friday
"Koryu Bujutsu takes readers into the cabalistic world of Japan's classical bugei traditions through eight thought-provoking essays and interviews by authors with more than a century of collective experience in these arts. Editor Diane Skoss has pulled together the talents of six of the world's most distinguished Western students of the bugei to produce a stimulating and informative volume. This is a must-read for scholars, students and aficionados of Japanese martial culture!"
Dr. Karl Friday, Dept. of History, University of Georgia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890536046
Publisher:
Koryu Books
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Series:
Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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