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  1. The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

    • by
    • Miyamoto Musashi
    The Book of Five Rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. The Book of… Read More

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  2. Remembering O-Sensei

    Remembering O-Sensei

    Living and Training with Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

    • by
    • Susan Perry
    Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, is one of the greatest and most beloved martial artists in history. Remembering O-Sensei is a portrait of Ueshiba as told by his uchi-deshi, the students who lived and trained with him as his disciples. This collection of memories—gathered here for the first time—captures the essence of this extraordinary martial arts master and visionary, revealing Ueshiba's… Read More

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  3. The Heart of Kendo

    The Heart of Kendo

    A Comprehensive Introduction to the Philosophy and Practice of the Art of the Sword

    • by
    • Darrell Max Craig
    "The martial arts, if taught correctly, are limitless journeys with no final destination," writes martial arts master Darrell Craig. "They are a way of life." He begins that journey here with the basics: sitting, breathing, and the all-important bow, or rei. He describes kendo equipment and its care, then progresses to some of the basic features of a kendo practice session: warm-up exercises, assuming the proper stance, grip, strikes,… Read More

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  4. The Art of Peace

    The Art of Peace

    • by
    • Morihei Ueshiba
    • edited by
    • John Stevens
    The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace," which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido… Read More

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  5. Budo Secrets

    Budo Secrets

    Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters

    • edited by
    • John Stevens
    In budo—which can be translated as "the way of brave and enlightened activity"—martial arts and spirituality merge at the highest level of skill. Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo's greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists—they're for anyone who wants to live life more courageously, with a greater sense of personal confidence… Read More

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  6. Kyudo

    Kyudo

    The Way of the Bow

    • by
    • Feliks Hoff
    Kyudo: The Way of the Bow is the authoritative guide to the technique and philosophy of the ancient art of Japanese archery. Originally a samurai discipline, kyudo integrates technical skill with the development of a completely focused and disciplined mind. Influenced by Shintoism and Zen, kyudo is a path of self-development and meditation that requires the archer to cultivate precision, a clear mind, and freedom from fear. This… Read More

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  7. The Sword of No-Sword

    The Sword of No-Sword

    Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu

    • by
    • John Stevens
    Master swordsman, calligrapher, and Zen practitioner, Yamoaka Tesshu is a seminal figure in martial arts history. John Stevens's biography is a fascinating, detailed account of Tesshu's remarkable life. From Tesshu's superhuman feats of endurance and keen perception in life-threatening situations, to his skillful handling of military affairs during the politically volatile era of early nineteenth-century Japan, Stevens recounts the stories that have made Tesshu a legend. This is the book… Read More

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  8. Autumn Lightning

    Autumn Lightning

    The Education of an American Samurai

    • by
    • Dave Lowry
    Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of kenjutsu (the art of swordsmanship) under a Japanese teacher in St. Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan. Intertwining tales of the masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai's arts, he reveals in their time-honored methods a way of life with profound relevance to modern times. The result is a fascinating,… Read More

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  9. Ways of Warriors, Codes of Kings
  10. Invincible Warrior

    Invincible Warrior

    A Pictorial Biography of Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

    • by
    • John Stevens
    Invincible Warrior tells the fascinating story of the life of Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), whose quest for the true meaning of warriorship lead to the creation of the martial art called Aikido, "The Art of Peace." Ueshiba—whose name means "abundant peace"—is considered by many to be one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived. His documented ability to disarm any attacker, throw a dozen men simultaneously, and down and… Read More

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