Sword and Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts

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This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts—from archery to flower arranging—is celebrated here in Dave Lowry's exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts.

Forty-two examples of Lowry's calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts—such as do, the way, or wa, ...

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Overview

This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts—from archery to flower arranging—is celebrated here in Dave Lowry's exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts.

Forty-two examples of Lowry's calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts—such as do, the way, or wa, harmony. The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term, what it meant to Japanese warriors, and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today. What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570621123
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,411,377
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Do: The Way 17
2 Bu: Martial 20
3 Keiko: The Process of Training 22
4 Sabaku: Movement 25
5 Kata: Form, the Architecture of Meaning 27
6 Ryu: The Tradition 30
7 Shi: The Master 32
8 Dan: Rank of Advanced Practice 35
9 Heiho: Principles of War, Principles of Peace 37
10 Oku: The Secrets 40
11 Ki: Energy 42
12 Shin: The Mind 44
13 Ken: The Sword 47
14 Iru: Entering 49
15 Hyoshi: Timing 51
16 Kan: Perception 53
17 Ju: Pliancy 56
18 Den: Transmitting Tradition 58
19 Fudo: The Immovable Deity 60
20 Wa: Harmony 63
21 Omote/Ura: Outside/Inside 65
22 Jutsu: Art 68
23 Te: Hand 71
24 Kamae: Postures of Engagement 73
25 Yoyu: Critical Margin 75
26 Hara: The Center 77
27 Uke: Receiving 80
28 Kyu: Ranks of the Beginner 83
29 Tan: Forging 85
30 Gei: The Cultivation of Craft 87
31 Kage: Shadow 90
32 Zan: Lingering 92
33 Sha: The Exponent 94
34 Myo: The Miraculous 96
35 Rei: Etiquette 98
36 Ma: Space 101
37 Ku: Emptiness 103
38 Furyu: Wind and Water 106
39 I: Intent 109
40 Shugyo: Austerity 112
41 Hodoku: Compassion 115
42 In and Yo: Dualities of the Way 118
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    Unique in its descriptive nature

    This book is written in a very unique way of using calligraphy and fables to express aspects of martial art training. Calligraphy is an art form and requires a trained wrist, similar to that of a swordsman. Both have been intertwined throughout history and can be realted to by both martial artists and by practioners of calligraphy. This is a book that can be enjoyed over and over again.

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