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Ellis Amdur

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Dueling with O-Sensei


O-Sensei was a martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.  Amdur brought something new to martial arts writing – a startling honesty about the flaws, not only within martial arts culture, but also within its practitioners. Originally published in 2001, fully revised, with 8 new chapters, new photography.  53 b&w illus.





Paperback    £32.50
9781937439248 | Published: 2016
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Old School


This new, greatly expanded edition, brings readers inside the dojos of a number ancient schools of Japanese martial arts, providing details analysis of the evolution and morphology of uniquely Japanese weaponry, addressing the myth and reality of Japan's naginata-wielding warrior women, and discussing the modern relevance of the blood oaths, magical ritual and mysticism that often permeate the koryu. 125 b& w illustrations.





Paperback    £32.50
9781937439163 | Published: 2014
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