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Read online Sword and Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Sword and Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts from archery to flower arranging is celebrated here in Dave Lowry s exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts .

Forty two examples of Lowry s calligraphy accompanied by his essays show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts such as i do i the way or i wa i harmony The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term what it meant to Japanese warriors and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit by Dave Lowry

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Sword and Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts
Title:Sword and Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts
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Number of Pages:144
Category:Martial arts, Philosophy, Japan, Zen, Non fiction
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This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts from archery to flower arranging is celebrated here in Dave Lowry s exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts br br Forty two examples of Lowry s calligraphy accompanied by his essays show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts such as i do i the way or i wa i harmony The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term what it meant to Japanese warriors and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit, The goals of the budo the martial arts and Ways of Japan lie in refining the body and spirit The techniques methods and rituals of the budo can provide invaluable lessons for today s martial artists and serve as guides to a well lived life br br In i Traditions i Davy Lowry discusses unique aspects of the budo ranging from i hacho i or deliberate asymmetry to i uke waza i the art of receiving an attack The spirit of i ryomi i the process of self evaluation and improvement is illustrated through the story of Kaofujita a master swordsman who never stopped practicing the first movement he learned You ll also learn the importance of i yuyo i the distance where an attacker must focus his strike from the story of Jubei whose mastery of i yuyo i saved him in a life and death encounter and the significance of i shikaku i the dead zone on maintaining balance in combat and in life br br With its focus on traditional Japanese martial arts and fascinating stories that illustrate key principles and martial arts philosophy i Traditions i will be required reading for serious martial artists, Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of i kenjutsu i the art of swordsmanship under a Japanese teacher in St Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan Intertwining tales of the masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai s arts he reveals in their time honored methods a way of life with profound relevance to modern times The result is a fascinating singular autobiography Lowry captures the sense of wonder and mystery that makes martial arts compelling to so many practitioners Even those who do not practice martial arts will delight in this unusual coming of age story, Karate is not just a sport or a hobby it s a lifetime study toward perfection of character Here Dave Lowry one of the best known writers on the Japanese martial arts illuminates the complete path of karate including practice philosophy and culture He covers myriad subjects of interest to karate practitioners of all ages and levels including br br The relationship between students and teachers br Cultivating the correct attitude during practice br The differences between karate in the East and West br Whether a karate student really needs to study in Japan to perfect the art br The meaning of rank and the black belt br Detailed descriptions of kicks punches evasions and techniques and the philosophical concepts that they manifest br What practice means and looks like as one ages br How the practice of karate aims toward cultivating character and spiritual development br br br After forty years studying karate and the budo arts Lowry is an informative and reliable guide highlighting aspects of the karate path that will surprise entertain and enlighten