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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.815
EAN: 9780804834322
ISBN: 0804834326
Label: Tuttle Publishing
Manufacturer: Tuttle Publishing
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 184
Publication Date: 2002-10-15
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Studio: Tuttle Publishing

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Summary: Classic Dave Lowery
Comment: When it comes to the Japanese martial ways, there are few authorities as knowledgeable and articulate as Mr. Lowery. This book presents in short essay form, dozens of wonderful lessons that can be learned from pursuing budo. That being said, Mr. Lowery takes himself too seriously and the messages he seeks to impart can be lost on the reader. I have read many of Mr. Lowery's books, and this is entirely consistent with his other publications.....a treasure trove of information presented in a 'stuffy' manner.

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Summary: Another gem ...
Comment: I always enjoy Mr. Lowry's collections of essays. His work is always enlightening and thought provoking. I would enthusiatically recommend this book to anyone involved in the traditional Japanese arts, or anyone that is thinking of becoming involved.



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Summary: It Speaks To The Heart...
Comment: This wonderful book speaks to the very heart of any serious martial arts enthusiast. This is the kind of book that will be read and re-read over the years. A truly wonderful book!


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Summary: Wonderful Reading...
Comment: I recently purchased this book that was recommended to me by my sensei in Uechi/Shohei-ryu and I have to say I thouroughly enjoyed these great essays by Dave Lowry on different aspects of traditional budo.I read the entire book in three days and at the end wanted to read more so I plan to get other books Mr. Lowry has written..I love the respect for the arts shown and talked about in this great book and it's nice to see the traditional martial arts presented in the way they deserve to be and should be presented.In short this is wonderful book full of great and honorable lessons and I would recommend it to anyone who cares about preserving and honoring traditional ways...five stars for sure..

Jeff Miller
Greensburg, Pa

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Summary: Required reading for the serious martial artist
Comment: As part of my preparation for promotion to ShoDan in Shiho Karano, I started looking for good books to broaden my overall knowledge about the martial Way. I wanted quality materials, so I took my time and searched for works by legitimate practitioners. One book I skimmed through was "Traditions", and after reading some chapters decided it was worthwhile.

I discovered that Sensei Lowry has been writing about the martial arts for more than twenty years. He's been a longtime contributor to various magazines, and has authored a number of books as well (after finishing this one, I ordered three of his other books from Amazon). In addition, he began practicing the martial arts back in the late sixties, so he's seen and experienced a lot in the intervening years. "Traditions" is a collection of excellent essays that reflect his hard-earned and well-learned budo lessons.

"Traditions" is well written, and each short chapter clearly reveals many crucial martial arts insights. Indeed, even a non-practitioner would find it to be an accessible introduction to the martial Way. As for budo participants, anyone from white belt to seasoned veteran will learn something new or gain a different perspective on what they already know. Topics include proper etiquette between sempai and kohai, thoughts on learning, the reason martial artists practice barefoot, and the "why" behind the kiai. Sprinkled throughout the book are tales of legendary Japanese bugeisha that demonstrate important budo principles and character qualities.

Now that I've passed my ShoDan exam, I'm particularly impressed by one of Sensei Lowry's quotes: "When you get a black belt ranking it doesn't mean you've gotten a foot in the door. It means you have learned how to find the doorknob (pg. 144)." I'm glad that the black belt is a beginning instead of an end. This is the kind of martial arts wisdom that you'll find in "Transitions." If you're serious about growing in budo knowledge as well as technique, then this book will help you along that path.


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