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The Essence of Budo: A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways

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The study of budo, or the Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation, is a lifelong path toward perfection of character. Here, Dave Lowry, a sword master who has practiced and taught budo for over forty years, addresses the myriad issues, vagaries, and inconsistencies that arise for students of karate-do, judo, kendo, kenjutsu, aikido, and iaido as their training develops. ...more
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Published by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (first published October 12th 2010)
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Michael
Feb 13, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lowry is one of the best writers on the martial arts out there and his musings are always interesting. He lends a certain dignity to the martial arts by writing about them in an elevated and philosophical tone. In other words, he separates himself from the pack of writers in this area by being a good writer first, a quality that's hard to find here. Sometimes he over-corrects and his prose is stilted and pretentious, but he seems to be adopting a more accessible tone. The essays cover a broad ra ...more
Aaron
Deep and insightful, like nearly everything that Lowry writes. It's a series of short essays, which makes it a bit scattered, but still definitely worth reading.
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Sep 10, 2013 Matthew Bowen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent collection of essays comprising a wealth of valuable information and experience in budo. Well recommended.
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