The Essence of Budo

A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways

Ranked #78 in Karate

The study of budo, or Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation, is a lifelong path toward achieving perfect balance in body, mind, and spirit. Here, Dave Lowry, who has pursued that path for over forty years, addresses the myriad issues, vagaries, and inconsistencies that arise for students of karate-do, judo, kendo, aikido, iaido and other Japanese martial arts—classical and modern—as their training develops, including:

   •  What students and teachers should expect from each other
   • The meaning of rank

   • The importance of cardiovascular fitness in the...

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