Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan

Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan

by Oscar Ratti, Adele Westbrook


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Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan by Oscar Ratti, Adele Westbrook

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784805314050
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Edition description: New
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 500,263
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook met at Columbia University in New York, where he was doing graduate work in classical languages and she studying philosophy. Both shared a longtime interest in the thought and rituals of ancient civilizations. Experts on the Japanese warrior arts and ethos, they were also the authors of the best-selling Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere.

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Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.