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Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai #2020

Autumn Lightning The Education of an American Samurai Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of kenjutsu the art of swordsmanship under a Japanese teacher in St Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan In

  • Title: Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai
  • Author: Dave Lowry Ron Suresha Daniel Furuya
  • ISBN: 9781570621154
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai By Dave Lowry Ron Suresha Daniel Furuya, Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of kenjutsu the art of swordsmanship under a Japanese teacher in St Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan Intertwining tales of the masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai s arts, he reveals in their time honored methods a way of life with profound releDave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of kenjutsu the art of swordsmanship under a Japanese teacher in St Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan Intertwining tales of the masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai s arts, he reveals in their time honored methods a way of life with profound relevance to modern times The result is a fascinating, singular autobiography Lowry captures the sense of wonder and mystery that makes martial arts compelling to so many practitioners Even those who do not practice martial arts will delight in this unusual coming of age story.

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    1. There are a few books that I read when I was in middle school and high school and have continued to re read once every couple years since then Autumn Lightning is one of these The book is partly a story of Lowry s own early studies in kenjutsu as a young man, and partly a story of the development of the style in which he studied But this is not just an interesting book on martial arts it is a simple good story, thoughtfully and skillfully written, and something about it keeps making me come back [...]

    2. This is a great summary of Japanese samurai history through a specific martial arts style lens Plus, what a great character development of Dave himself It s books like this that remind me why I love bushido the personal development inherent in it are extraordinary.I was most surprised to learn it was written in 1985 felt like it could have been at any time That said, Dave s childhood is clearly explained, it s just that the book experience is sort of timeless.

    3. Quite good Written with respect for the tradition the author studies, this book exemplifies the way that Western authors ought to write about Asian martial arts The author is adept at relating what he learned and the value found in it without being preachy or self serving.

    4. First and foremost I m biased Besides being an avid DL fan, I m a sucker for rite of passage stories related to Japanese martial arts and I was fortunate enough to translate this book in my native language Greek , meaning I had the chance to work with it up close and personal The book is, simply put, great Although DL writes basically for the martial arts cognoscenti, he s smart enough to make his language comprehensive to a broader audience at least he does in Autumn Lightning and in Persimmon [...]

    5. This was one great book about the present, past and future of Kenjutsu and to a lesser extend Kendo.Being educated and trained in the or less classical ways by a Master of the Art in private, daily lessons is an unbelievable privilege in our times.The strain put on Dave, be it mental or physical, must have been too much to bear sometimes However, the result of such a training can be clearly seen in Dave Lowry.I am glad I stumbled upon this author and this book and highly recommend it and almost [...]

    6. This was probably the closest I ve got to gaining some insights into the ways of samurai and their history I m glad a fellow member recommended it to me.The story chronicles the life of an American who decides to undergo the tutelage of a samurai sensei The story nicely contrasts Occidental and Oriental cultures and tells a parallel story of historic Japan where the sensei s ancestors made the art of the sword kenjutsu popular.Although the reading was slow at times, it did a good job of conveyin [...]

    7. This book was surprisingly great As someone with a love of history and only a fledgling understanding of the history of the samurai I picked up Autumn Lightning expecting a personal account of training, not what amounts to an in depth look at the main players of some pivotal times in the history of Japan It was a pleasant discovery to find that the author had put in the level of effort he has in this book, explaining not only personal experiences in bujitsu but also exploring this amazing period [...]

    8. This is one of my all time favorite books It avoids the biggest problem of most of Lowry s writing, which is his tendency to sneer at those whose studies in the martial arts lack the purity of his own I suspect if I told him I earned my black belt from an American instructor at a dojang in a mini mall he d have an attack of the vapors and uses incidents from his own education in Japanese martial arts to tell the story of how his style originated in feudal Japan Eminently readable, if you can tra [...]

    9. a good unique book that has decent information on the attitude of Bugeisha, lots of samurai folk tales and myths I don t like overly sentimental and romantic attitudes and was going to down rate the book because of that but it was redeeming with honesty in explaining all interesting topics even the authors education in the samurai s way of love, rather than to talk all day about romantic mysticism stories.

    10. A chronicle of David Lowry s study of kenjutsu under a Japanese master, this book is one of the best stories that I have read It grants the reader simultaneous insight into the true nature of the martial arts not flashy sport, but an art that allows the artist to hone mind, body, and spirit and into culture of Japanese martial arts.

    11. I read this many years ago, and it was a great perspective on what it means to train in an ancient way of thinking and the discipline therein There is a sense of melancholy of days gone past and changing times, but overall a good book on what it means to be a Samurai.

    12. Dave Lowry is a fantastic writer His story shared here opens your mind to the samurai culture and modern day budo You ll need a few reads to truly adsorb all that Lowry Sensei has to teach.

    13. Not bad a really enjoyable story at times I would have liked to see the culmination of his training but then again, maybe thats the point With zanshin, your training is really never completed.

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