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Martial Arts and Ways of Japan: Classical Budo v. 2 (The Martial arts and ways of Japan) Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Jan 1974

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill; illustrated edition edition (1 Jan. 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834800861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834800861
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 18 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,256,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Alvevind on 19 July 2009
Format: Paperback
The author, Donn F Draeger, was a friend to my teacher Sensei Marshall McDonagh, and he highly recomended his books. For those who want to know the background of todays martial art(Budo) and it's history, how the supreme classical warriors(bushi)lived and trained, this book together with other volumes of Sensei Draeger, is/are magnificent.
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By andrew darbyshire on 17 April 2014
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the history without the fables - Donn F. Draeger is a must for all practitioners of the Japanese Martial Arts
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Entering the way 7 Aug. 2011
By matt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is generally acknowledged that Donn Draeger was the leading English speaking expert in both practice and background knowledge. His nearly exhaustive and unique experience of Japanese martial arts, modern and ancient, is practically unparalleled. This text bears witness to Draeger's noted ability to lucidly express the Japanese mindset to Westerners.

This book is the companion volume to his text on bujustsu, emphasizing the "do" over the "jutsu". Put another way, the "do" suffix denotes a practice that has as its goal spiritual/philosophical enlightenment while the "jutsu" pertains to the art of combat. As peace come to reign in the 1600s (early Edo period), the need to retain large standing armies began to fade and those of the samurai class began to cultivate the less martial side of their arts.

The book is more or less broken into two parts. In the first half, Draeger succinctly summarizes the historical context of the classical budo, situated in the Tokugawa shogunate, with new social orders being created to maintain political stability alongside the redefining of older ranks. The roles of zen an neo-Confucianism are continually referenced in the development of "do"; "[It is] the elevation of the mind, the reaching out to what is beyond the present self, that is to be sought." A highly detailed discourse on the nature of martial training under the "do" system will resonate with most traditional martial artists even today, with the emphasis on the riddle of learning, a type of zen koan, that leads to satori, enlightenment.

In the second half the actual schools of "do" are explored, from archery to spear to sword, with many others as well. Here again Draeger's expertise shines through, as he was a personal exponent of many of these arts under some of the most famous of teachers. When it came to Japanese arts, Draeger didn't dabble. He was all or nothing.
If you have an interest in Japanese martial arts, this is a must have resource that you will return to many times.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great basic guide to the development of the martial arts in Japan. 24 Aug. 2009
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is the second in a three book series by the late Donn F. Draeger. This volume continues its exploration into the development of the Japanese martial arts from a Jujitsu(Art)to using the term "DO" (meaning way).

This text covers the historical setting, the rational of developing combat systems, the methods used, and the formation of the Budo systems. Where the Jujitsu systems were designed strictly for practical military use, the Do (Judo, Kendo, Nagainata Do etc)systems emphasized character development. Sport systems also were developed from many of these original military combat systems. For example, Jujitsu, which focused on practical street and military combat, decreased in popularity by Judo, which is a sport.

In conclusion, if you are serious about the martial arts you will want to own the entire three book series by Draeger.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Tanto-Jutsu Official Manual of Bushi Satori Ryu).
ein bisschen fehlt 6 Sept. 2010
By El viejo lobo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ich bin ein großer Freund des Herrn Draeger. Seine Bücher waren zu ihrer Zeit Vorreiter, aber auch heute noch sind sie absolut lesenswert. Nur die Details sind oft ein wenig zu sparsam gehalten. Es gibt inzwischen Werke, die tiefer in die Materie eintauchen und doch nicht überfrachtet sind.
Dennoch hat sich der Autor vier Sterne verdient.
Awesome 31 Mar. 2013
By Jeffery K Emerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book completed my collection, I was very pleaased with the price and the service. The book was better than advertised.
Five Stars 6 Nov. 2014
By Rebecca Black - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives an in-depth look at martial arts in Japan
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