Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan

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Explains in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. An essential work for anyone with an interest in Japanese battle techniques or military traditions.
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Overview

Explains in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. An essential work for anyone with an interest in Japanese battle techniques or military traditions.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780785810735
  • Publisher: Booksales
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 483
  • Sales rank: 1,041,148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Oscar Ratti 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Informative

    This book was rather informative in aid to the stories and relavance of japanesse fuedal history. Giving some prime examples and pictures of martial arts,this is a must buy for any one interested in martail arts or the history of fuedal japan.After reading this book i have come to a conclusion of 14th century japan. It is a lovely period in history but an tradgy for many of the japanesse culture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    What else could you be asking about the Samurai?

    More than ancient history, this book compares the Japanese War culture and discipline to nowadays Japanese Bussines Aproach. If you want to go deep in the Samurai Thing, this is the right book to do it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2005

    An Excellent Read

    If I'm not mistaken (and I'm quite sure I'm not), this is the very same book I borrowed from a friend of mine a while back. This is quite possibly the most informative book on budo and feudal Japan that one could buy. As lengthy as it is, I just couldn't put it down- to the point where my friend had to remind me for a week straight to get it back to him. If you're a martial arts practitioner, enthusiast, or are interested in feudal Japan or the samurai, this is one of the best books you could ever purchase (or borrow).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    Excellent guide to Bujutsu

    This book was very intertesting. It was well written and contained an intimate perspective of the fighting arts of feudal Japan. My copy has been read many times and is bulging with bookmarks. Reading 'Secrets of the Samurai' even inspired my decision to choose Asian History as my major. If the Japanese martial arts, history, or ancient warfare is of interest to you, you will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    A must for any samurai fan

    this is without a dobt the greatest story ever told about all you need to know about the japanese back in feudal Japan.from the formation of a young warrior to the warrior buriels,cover to cover a great book.and the drawings were pretty cool to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2001

    samurai's bible

    everyone who is involved in Japanese martial arts will find this book as a very informative and well written. One of the best things are drawings made by Oscar Ratti. You can discover variety of weapons used in medieval Japan and very interesting historical background of martial arts evolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2000

    Good historical reference for the martial arts

    A great book for the contemporary martial artist, it contains a wealth of information on the historical background of Japan as well as that of the samurai. The only reason I couldn't give this one five stars, however, is that it does tend to be rather long-winded, stating many things that could be said in a paragraph in a page or two. However, the information within is well worth the long reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    THE resource on Bushido

    As both a practictioner and teacher of Japanese Martial Arts, I cannot recomend this book more. It is the best source for historical reference on the various forms and traditions practiced in Japan.

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