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Classical Japanese Martial Arts


(160 p., 7½ x 10½"
hardbound., fully illustrated)

US$32.95
(+$5 shipping within US)


Kyudo: The Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery
By Hideharu Onuma, with Dan and Jackie DeProspero

FKI- BH -2031

This is an exceptional book, one that will inspire both novices and advanced students. It not only details the technical and spiritual aspects of this art, but also teaches about equipment, clothing, practice areas, the arts significance and many other aspects of practice. This text is the most comprehensive reference book available -- a modern classic presented in a very readable form. It is also profusely illustrated with hundreds of illustrations and rare photos. The result is that the reader gets an intimate view of both the fundamental techniques and daily practice of this form of standing mediation (Zen). It may inspire you to take up this art, but at the very least it will help you understand the spiritual side of the martial arts.


(Paperback, 192 p., with illustrations, bibliographical references, and complete glossary/index.)

US$19.95
(+$5 shipping within US)

3 Volume set
FAS 2040

US $55.95
(+$8 shipping within US)


Koryu Bujutsu:
Classical Warrior Traditions Of Japan

Edited by Diane Skoss
Published by Koryu Books
FAS 2020

Just what are the koryu bujutsu, the authentic classical Japanese martial traditions? They are rare in the West, and there's very little reliable information in English. If you're curious, this introduction will help you get started with articles and resources on the martial arts of the Japanese samurai. Inspired by Donn Draeger's work, Skoss' collection of essays draws on the experience and insights of well known writers, researchers and practitioners of the classical arts to introduce the reader to the unique learning environment, meaning and experience of traditional training within the unique social context of Japan -- training designed to transmit combat principles, develop spirit and etiquette. Included is a field guide to many classical arts, which included skills of, jujutsu, kenjutsu (sword), Hojutsu (matchlock musket), sojutsu (spear), iaijutsu (sword drawing) and naginata jutsu (pole with bladed end). Recommended to martial artists with an interest in history and/or those with interest in learning the historical derivations of their art or arts.


(Paperback, 190 p., with illustrations, bibliographical references, and index.)

US$19.95
(+$5 shipping within US)

3 Volume set
FAS 2040

US $55.95
(+$8 shipping within US)


Sword & Spirit:
Classical Warrior Traditions Of Japan, Volume 2

Edited by Diane Skoss
Published by Koryu Books
FAS 2010

The second in a three volume series, Sword & Spirit examines the nature and practices of these classical martial arts, or koryu bujutsu, as practiced today and the ideas behind their development. Also introduced are some of the exceptional practitioners who continue these living traditions. Drawing on the inspiration of Donn Draeger, the book contains a series of essays by well known writers, historians and practitioners. Included also is field guide to many classical arts. Recommended to martial artists with an interest in history and/or those with interest in learning the historical derivations of their art or arts.


(Paperback, 208 p., with 22 illustrations, bibliographical references, and complete glossary/index.)

US$21.95
(+$5 shipping within US)

3 Volume set
FAS 2040

US $55.95
(+$8 shipping within US)


Keiko Shokon:
Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Volume 3

Edited by Diane Skoss
Published by Koryu Books
FAS 2030

It is extremely rare that a Westerner can find a knowledgeable and readable source on classical Japanese martial arts that follows in the footsteps of the like of Donn Draeger. This highly readable and insightful book, the third in a three book series, draws on the knowledge and experience of a variety of experts to address the question of the continued relevance of 16th and 17th century Japanese martial arts in the arena of today's martial arts practices. Historians and writers such as Karl F. Friday, Dave Lowry, Ron Beaubien, William Bodiford, Ellis Amdur, George Bristol and Meik and Diane Skoss. These experts and practitioners show how the classical has evolved into the modern arts as kendo and how they exemplify and teach self-discipline, self-development, and help practitioners hone their skills in observation and gain insight to the past -- a distillation that offers much to the modern practitioner. Recommended to martial artists with an interest in history and/or those with interest on learning the historical derivations of their art or arts.

 

 

 

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