The Martial Arts by Michael Random

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  • The Japanese martial arts described in this book include Swordsmanship, Archery, Kendo, Aikido, Judo, Karate and Sumo Wrestling.


Binding Hardcover
Publisher Peerage Books
Country of Origin Hong Kong
Number of Pages 286
Pubilcation Date 1985
Condition Used - Acceptable

Product details


  • Martial Arts Book
  • by Michael Random
  • Covering many martial arts
  • Big thick book
  • Great read

The Martial Arts Description

A book by Michel Random on different aspects of the martial arts.


'On the Inside' of The Martial Arts

The Japanese martial arts described in this book include Swordsmanship, Archery, Kendo, Aikido, Judo, Karate and Sumo Wrestling.
The uniqueness of Japanese martial arts lies in the way in which they relate to religious and cultural values and traditions. The author first gives an account of Japan's history, describing the role of the Samurai and explaining Shintoism and Zen Buddhism.

He goes on to examine the code of Budo-the way of the warrior-and how it influences the practice of the martial arts today. The book shows how the development of concentration, confidence, aggression and speed of reaction is as important as physical fitness and strength. It is this combination of mental and physical prowess which has led to the spread of the martial arts, especially judo and karate, throughout the world.

In the case of each of the martial arts described, the author has visited the schools in Japan and talked with their grand masters. Michel Random has taken many superb colour photographs for this lavish book which contains more than 250 illustrations in colour and 150 in black and white, including line drawings.


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