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“A true warrior is always armed with three things: the radiant sword of pacification; the mirror of bravery, wisdom, and friendship; and the precious jewel of enlightenment.”—Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido

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  1. Training the Samurai Mind

    Training the Samurai Mind

    A Bushido Sourcebook

    • edited by
    • Thomas Cleary
    Through the ages, the samurai have been associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, and martial prowess. Their ethos is known as bushido, the Way of the Warrior-Knight.Here, premier translator Thomas Cleary presents a rich collection of writings on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century that provide a comprehensive, historically rich view of samurai life and philosophy. Training… Read More

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  2. Falling Hard

    Falling Hard

    A Journey into the World of Judo

    • by
    • Mark Law
    On his fiftieth birthday, British journalist and self-described “indolent sportsman” Mark Law decides to take up judo on a whim and ends up getting hooked on the sport. Falling Hard is Law’s love letter to judo—the culture, drama, history, and practice. With journalistic zeal, he delves deeply into the sport’s history and lore, and interweaves his own judo experiences with the development of judo in Japan, the life and vision… Read More

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  3. The Karate Way

    The Karate Way

    Discovering the Spirit of Practice

    • by
    • Dave Lowry
    Karate is not just a sport or a hobby—it’s a lifetime study toward perfection of character. Here, Dave Lowry, one of the best-known writers on the Japanese martial arts, illuminates the complete path of karate including practice, philosophy, and culture. He covers myriad subjects of interest to karate practitioners of all ages and levels, including:The relationship between students and teachersCultivating the correct attitude during practiceThe differences between karate in the… Read More

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  4. The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

    The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship

    A Manual of Eishin-Ryu laido

    • by
    • Nicklaus Suino
    The original purpose of iaido was to slay an opponent with one stroke of the sword upon unsheathing; today it is practiced as a martial art, one that improves concentration, develops strength and coordination, and cultivates awareness of an ancient culture and its traditions. This manual of Eishin-Ryu (or "Pure Faith") iaido teaches the most widely practiced sword style, and is illustrated with step-by-step drawings to help… Read More

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  5. Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship

    Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship

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    • Nicklaus Suino
    After years of practicing persistently and developing technical prowess, advanced students in the Japanese sword arts need to cultivate a strategic mind if they are to advance to the rarefied level of master swordsperson. Rather than passively absorbing the sword techniques, an ambitious student needs to focus more directly on the two ultimate goals of the art—to cut the opponent while avoiding being cut and to move toward perfection of… Read More

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  6. Classical Budo

    Classical Budo

    The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan

    • by
    • Donn F. Draeger
    Donn Draeger was one of the most famous and well-respected martial artists of the twentieth century, and he was a pioneer in bringing Asian martial arts study to the West. Here, he illuminates the compelling historical, political, and philosophical events that gave rise to the development of the budo arts. The classical budo, or "martial ways" are not combat systems like their forerunner, bujutsu, or "martial arts"; nor are they… Read More

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  8. The Essence of T'ai Chi

    The Essence of T'ai Chi

    • by
    • Waysun Liao
    The deepest benefits of T’ai Chi cannot be realized without an understanding of its underlying principles. This book presents these principles through translations of three core classics of T’ai Chi that are often considered the “T’ai Chi Bible,” accompanied by the author’s insightful commentary. Master Liao demonstrates how to increase the body’s inner energy (ch’i) and transform it into power, health, and well-being. By reading the clear and precise explanations… Read More

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  9. Budo Mind and Body

    Budo Mind and Body

    Training Secrets of the Japanese Martial Arts

    • by
    • Nicklaus Suino
    Budo is about learning more than how to fight; true budo is a way of seeking and uncovering meaning in life. Here, Nicklaus Suino, one of the leading iaido teachers in North America, gives expert advice on how to get the most from training in traditional Japanese martial arts such as iaido, kendo, aikido, judo, kyudo, and karate-do. He reveals the essential components of budo training, including:how to determine the… Read More

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  10. In the Dojo

    In the Dojo

    A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts

    • by
    • Dave Lowry
    Beginning students in Japanese martial arts, such as karate, judo, aikido, iaido, kyudo, and kendo, learn that when they are in the dojo (the practice space), they must don their practice garb with ritual precision, address their teacher and senior students in a specific way, and follow certain unwritten but deeply held codes of behavior. But very soon they begin to wonder about the meaning behind the traditions, gear, and… Read More

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