Donn Draeger was one of the most famous and well-respected martial artists of the twentieth century, and he was a pioneer in bringing Asian martial arts study to the West. Here, he illuminates the compelling historical, political, and philosophical events that gave rise to the development of the budo arts. He also introduces the reader to various “martial ways,” some using weapons and some weaponless, including kendo, kempo, iaido, kyudo, sumo, jujutsu, and judo, and reveals how they evolved from their combative roots. The book includes fascinating artwork from classical sources, and archival photographs of modern budo masters in action.
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