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Classical Bujutsu: The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan

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Evolved amid the incessant warfare of medieval Japan, bujutsu, or "martial arts," provided the warrior with the technical and psychological training that prepared him to use his weapons in actual combat. Classical Bujutsu emphasizes the intensely practical nature of these martial arts. The author describes sixteen major forms of bujutsu, employing a variety of weapons and ...more
Paperback, 109 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Weatherhill (first published 1973)
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Constantinos Nterziotis
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: martial-arts
Perfect book from a legend in japanese martial arts. The western world would knew much less without Donn Draeger's contribution, devotion, practical scholarship. I look forward reading the next volumes.
Gene
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Just finished reading this book. I found it to be interesting and it did clear up a couple of misconceptions I had about certain aspects of the older martial arts and the warrior class that practiced them, but overall I felt like the book didn't really delve very deeply into any number of subjects. It is a good introduction to the older classical "koryu" but in the end I didn't find this book to be particularly informative. Given the authors reputation in the world of Japanese martial arts, I wa ...more
Patrick
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you want to really understand martial arts and its history you should get Donn Draeger's three books in this series:

Classical Bujutsu : Martial Arts And Ways Of Japan, Vol I., Weatherhill, 1973, 1996
Classical Budo: Martial Arts And Ways Of Japan, Vol II., Weatherhill, 1973, 1996
Modern Bujutsu & Budo: Martial Arts And Ways Of Japan, Vol III., Weatherhill, 1974, 1996
Rich
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Donn Draegers material can be a little dry,but it's essential reading for an accurate historical understanding of the subject.
His text on the kata of Judo is absolutely authoritative.
For anyone interested in the history of martial arts you need Draegers work in your shelves.
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The man to read, very knowledgeable.
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From Wikipedia:

Donald 'Donn' Frederick Draeger (April 15, 1922 – October 20, 1982) was an expert practitioner of Asian martial arts, an author of several martial arts books, and a United States Marine. Draeger was widely known and respected in the martial arts community, and was a leading martial arts researcher.

Throughout his life, Draeger was known by his nickname 'Donn.' He held the rank of Cap
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