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In The Dojo,
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This review is from: In the Dojo: A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts (Paperback)
`In the Dojo' is a book by Dave Lowry exploring etiquette and ritual in the dojo and their history. Whilst I am a huge fan of Lowry's books, this one seems to be stilted and quite dry to read. It doesn't flow like his other books and comes across as too serious and even a little stiff at times. He comes across as very dedicated and with a great deal of integrity, but whereas previously he came across as more down to earth and slightly more informal when imparting his prodigious knowledge, here he seems uptight and even slightly condescending about the issues explored. I agree with all he has to say about Budo and it's development and enjoy reading about the etiquette of dojo activities and form, but I didn't especially enjoy the way he chose to impart it this time. The topic this book covers are The Dojo, Visitors, The Uniform, The Hakama, Weapons, The Shinto Shrine, Contemplation, Bowing, Martial Language, The Teacher, Money, The Student, The Dojo Year and an in-depth glossary of Japanese terms used . If you a fan of Lowry then there will be something here to engage you, but if you are new to martial arts books, or have yet to try Lowry's other books, then I would suggest you try one of those first before you come to this later on. His two collected essays books are particularly good and worth checking out.
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