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Samurai Wisdom: Lessons from Japan's Warrior Culture by [Cleary, Thomas]
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."..presents modern versions of five texts on the traditional Japanese martial ways."--"Black Belt" magazine

..".presents modern versions of five texts on the traditional Japanese martial ways."--"Black Belt" magazine

""Samurai Wisdom" is absolutely excellent. Not only does this book provide the reader with a deep understanding of the samurai mind and their values, but if studied and applied, it also provides the reader with many valuable principles to live by in today's world. This is one of Thomas Cleary's best books." Bodhi Sanders, author of "Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior's Path""

"[A] refreshing look at the life of the samurai, his history, his way of thinking, the reason & benefits for living the way they did & a deep insight into their minds." Terry Tozer, "Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate Academy (TJSKA)""

"These books provide a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of Edo period samurai and their struggles to retain the skills of war while remaining relevant in a time of peace, and they're also very affordable." "TheShogunsHouse.com" blog"

" presents modern versions of five texts on the traditional Japanese martial ways." "Black Belt" magazine"

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While the samurai is well known as the military nobility of medieval Japan, their range of weapons, which went far beyond the katana, bow, and spear, is lesser known. For instance, some weapons, like the tesson, or iron fan, were used in secret where samurai swords were not allowed. Others were improvised, with warriors using whatever fighting tool was at hand. In Samurai Weapons, readers will follow the story of Zenigata Heiji, among others, who developed an uncanny ability to use heavy coins as dangerous weapons by throwing them like bullets.

Author Don Cunningham, who holds ranks in judo, jujutsu, and kendo, including a second dan license from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, gives us a historical look at these ancient arms in a way that's useful for novices and samurai experts alike.

Chapters cover such rich details as:
  • Japanese martial arts culture
  • Hidden weapons
  • Sensu, truncheons, and polearms
Learn how and why samurai weapons included not only the sword of popular lore, but also a variety of others. Cunningham describes the society of Japan, how the samurai class arose, and the place in society that samurai held through the centuries, focusing in particular on the various weaponry they used, how they used it, and why. Samurai Weapons highlights how these weapons and fighting styles have influenced various schools of Japanese martial arts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1049 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (14 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PF9OC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #771,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This is another massive (256 pages) title from Mr Cleary, one of the best known & accomplished translators of Asian Wisdom, particularly in the field of martial arts & all things samurai.

This work is unique as it's the first translation of a series of five books by Yamaga Soko (1622-85). A somewhat contentious writer of his time & a bit of a philosopher on the side.

These writings positively add to the wisdom series of books on Bushido (The Way of the Warrior) of ancient Japan. It deals with its principles & practices & the way that they lived, worked, fought & died for. A sincere study of this type of military science, which if applied to everyday living now, is as relevant today as it was more than 300 years ago.
They offer an in-depth practical guide to building character.

If you are new to Mr Cleary, let me reassure you that his latest work is just as riveting, interesting & colourful as all his previous titles. He has a very clear, easy to read & logical style. Unlike some other similar titles around, you won't be bombarded with unpronounceable & unmemorable Japanese names on every line.

Each of the chapters of the five books are broken down further into more manageable headed sub-chapters, making it one of those useful books that one can just randomly dip & delve into.

I'm confident that this book will also become a classic in time along with others like Bushido: The Soul of Japan. A Classic Essay on Samurai Ethics by Nitobe, the
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