The many still existing martial arts traditions of Japan and China shows a great variety with regard to subject matter. Every school knew a large number of effective techniques and tenets. The author researched the techniques, tactics and tenets of more than 40 schools with a factor and frequency analysis. The results comprise all prototypical techniques and tenets of traditional Japanese martial arts and Chinese classical philosophies. He created nine movement-patterns (Kata) and 35 blank verses (Kuden) based on these exemplary techniques and concepts. This system of "all best techniques and concepts" could be rightly called the 'The Martial Arts'. Many practitioners of the Budo will find the Kata a desired addition. It is a complete method of self-defence. The book has hundreds of illustrations and is bilingual: English and Dutch. Includes the complete and original makimono of the Shin tai ryu.