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19 books of Dave Lowry

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 the way, or 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.

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Everything you need to know about sushi varieties and accompaniments, etiquette and dining tips, and more.

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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:
The relationship between students and teachers
Cultivating the correct attitude during practice
The differences between karate in the East and West
Whether a karate student really needs to study in Japan to perfect the art
The meaning of rank and the black belt
Detailed descriptions of kicks, punches, evasions, and techniques and the philosophical concepts that they manifest
What practice means and looks like as one ages
How the practice of karate aims toward cultivating character and spiritual development
After forty years studying karate and the budo arts, Lowry is an informative and reliable guide, highlighting aspects of . . .

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is a collection based upon Dave Lowry's magazine articles from the past decade, mostly from his highly regarded column in. Written from an almost Japanese perspective, it offers an entertaining and informative view of the Martial Arts' arts. Topics explored include entering the Martial Artst's way, making the pursuit of traditional Asian Martial Arts' arts a part of modern Western life, the paradoxes and conflicts such a path inevitably generates, how to adapt to the mindset necessary for true mastery of a foreign art, and much more.

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In 1968, Dave Lowry embarked on an unusual journey, apprenticing himself to a master swordsman of the ancient Shinkage-­ryu. In Lowry's first book, Autumn Lightning, he began his tale of a teenaged Midwestern boy and his Japanese sensei. His account of the struggle to learn the art of swordsmanship and to understand the unique culture that engendered it continues in Persimmon Wind. When his teacher returned home to Japan, Lowry remained in the U.­S.; more than a decade later, he undertook a long-­postponed pilgrimage to Japan. Persimmon Wind is the story of his reunion with his teacher and his exploration of the sites and stories that are at the heart of the Shinkage-­ryu.

Persimmon Wind reveals a Japan unlikely to be witnessed by the average Westerner. Drawing on his deep knowledge of Japanese martial culture, Lowry acts as an interpreter of sorts, deftly describing the myriad ways in which Japan's subtle, yet rich, customs and rituals inform and enrich the seemingly mundane . . .

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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. But very soon they begin to wonder about the meaning behind the traditions, gear, and relationships in the dojo.
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
the dojo space itself
the teacher-­student relationship
the act of bowing
what to expect—and what will be expected of you—when you visit a dojo
the training weapons
the hakama (ceremonial skirt) and dogi (practice uniform)
the . . .

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The goals of the budo-­the martial arts and ways of Japan-­lie in refining the body and spirit. These goals are not always the obvious ones-­and are learned only through the guidance and direction of great teachers. The techniques, methods, and rituals of the sensei can serve as guides to a well-­lived life-­and provide invaluable lessons for today's martial artists. This collection of essays includes discussions of: The spirit of ryomi... The importance of yuyo... The significance of ma... With its focus on traditional martial arts, and fascinating stories that illustrate key martial arts principles, will be required reading for serious martial artists

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Everything you need to know about sushi varieties and accompaniments, etiquette and dining tips, and more.

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Driving home after being kicked out of college, Tucker meets and picks up the mysterious Corinne Chang at a rest stop. Infatuated, and with nothing better to do, he ends up with her in St. Louis, where he gets a job as a chef in a Chinese restaurant. Even though he's a gwai lo—­a foreign devil—­his cooking skills impress the Chinese patrons of the restaurant, and his wooing skills impress Corinne when she joins him there as a waitress. But when Chinese gangsters show up demanding diamonds they believe Tucker's kind-­of, sort-­of, don't-­call-­her-­a-­girlfriend stole, he and his friends—­which luckily include a couple of FBI agents—­have to figure out just who is gunning for Corinne and how to stop them. Good thing Tucker is a Mandarin-­speaking martial arts master who isn't afraid to throw the first punch.­With its one-­of-­a-­kind hero, Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves is perfect for anyone who loves cooking, Chinese culture, bad jokes, and young...

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