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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, accurate, and useful information and history, 29 Nov 2002
This review is from: Traditions: Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways (Tuttle Martial Arts) (Paperback)
Once again Dave Lowry produces a book that every martial artist should read. A collection of his magazine columns, 'Traditions' is a set of essays each about a different aspect of training, or etiquette, or the history of Japanese martial ways. His writing is clear, concise (each essay is only 2-3 pages, so bite-sized lessons are easily absorbed) and generously illustrated with stories, anecdotes, and allegory. Often personal, usually very funny, and always instructive, Mr. Lowry is an honest and sincere practitioner of his arts, and this comes across clearly in all his writings. 'Traditions' is no exception, and I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all Budo-Ka, 7 Oct 2004
This review is from: Traditions: Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways (Tuttle Martial Arts) (Paperback)
Dave Lowry manages to capture and present core edicts of the Japanese Martial Ways for the Occidental reader without polluting the ideas with his, [and our own] emotional and intellectual baggage. This is no mean feat. An excellent book that should be read, its ideas digested then put into practise by any one treading the path of any Way, although it would be uncharitable to suggest that this book does not contain sound philosophical advice for anyone. Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traditions: Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways, 1 Jun 2006
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This review is from: Traditions: Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways (Tuttle Martial Arts) (Paperback)
`Traditions: Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways' is an excellent book by Dave Lowry with various short essays covering a wide range of topics. The vast majority are related to martial arts and this would make fascinating reading for anyone interested in any of the arts. When I read this I tended to read one or two essays a day so I could fully digest each one before moving on to the next and I recommend this way of reading the book to get the most out of it. I felt inspired to train more and more effectively, and to live more openly and honourably after reading virtually every essay. Dave Lowry has great martial arts integrity and this is a must read for any true martial artist.

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