In this collection of lively, detailed essays, Dave Lowry, one of the most well-known and respected swordsmen in the United States, illuminates the history and meaning behind the rituals, training costumes, objects, and relationships that have such profound significance in Japanese martial arts, including
ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¢ÃÂ the dojo space itself
ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¢ÃÂ the teacher-student relationship
ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¢ÃÂ the act of bowing
ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¢ÃÂ what to expectÃ¢ÂÂand what will be expected of youÃ¢ÂÂwhen you visit a dojo
ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¢ÃÂ the training weapons
ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¢ÃÂ the hakama (ceremonial skirt) and dogi (practice uniform)
ÃÂ ÃÂ ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ¢ÃÂ the Shinto shrine
Authoritative, insightful, and packed with fascinating stories from his own experience, In the Dojo provides a wealth of information that beginning students will pore over and advanced students will treasure.
About: Beginning students in Japanese martial arts, such as karate, judo, aikido, iaido, kyudo, and kendo, learn that when they are in the dojo (the practice space), they must don their practice garb with ritual precision, address their teacher and senior students in a specific way, and follow certain unwritten but deeply held codes of behavior.
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