By Dave Lowry

Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular event as an adept pupil of kenjutsu (the paintings of swordsmanship) less than a eastern instructor in St. Louis with a riveting account of the samurai culture in Japan. Intertwining stories of the masters with reflections on his personal apprenticeship within the samurai's arts, he finds of their known equipment a life-style with profound relevance to fashionable occasions. the result's a desirable, singular autobiography. Lowry captures the experience of ask yourself and secret that makes martial arts compelling to such a lot of practitioners. Even those that don't perform martial arts will have fun with this strange coming-of-age tale.

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