Title: Moving Towards Stillness:
Lessons in daily life from the martial ways of Japan
Publisher's site: Tuttle Publishing
Amazon link: Amazon
Price £16.50
ISBN #: 978-0804831604
Date: 2000
Author/s Dave Lowry


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Moving Towards Stillness: Lessons in daily life from the martial ways of Japan

I came across Dave Lowry after reading ‘In the Dojo’ based upon Mat Broomfield's recommendation. The author has written for Black Belt magazine since 1986, and has trained in various styles since 1968. He states repeatedly throughout all his many publications that he is a traditionalist and his viewpoint always reflects this.

Moving Towards Stillness is a collection of forty five short articles based upon the Japanese approach to budo. Each is written in a straight talking narrative from a western perspective, but always remaining sympathetic to the Japanese way of doing things. This gives a fascinating insight into the Japanese mindset and traditional approach to the martial arts.

The topics covered vary but each article offers a fresh insight into the way budo or in our case karate can affect every aspect of our daily lives. I found myself nodding an awful lot reading many of the stories.

In summary, a beautiful collection of short articles, ideal for those wanting to dip in and out of a book. If you study any form of japanese martial art there will be something in this book that will put a smile on your face for the day.

Review by Sensei Richard Hadley, R16 UK






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