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11-20-2006, 06:07 PM
Two articles related to common threads here:
Zen and Japanese Swordmanship Reconsidered
Professor Bodiford reiterates his contention that the marriage of Ken-Zen is more illusory than real with lots of evidence closely considered.
Off the Warpath: Military Science & Budo in the Evolution Ryuha Bugei
Friday similarly trashes the cherished myth that JUTSU became DO with the advent of peace under the Tokugawa. Very interesting thesis in which he claims that the Ryuha Bugei were from the beginning antiquarian pursuits largely out of touch with battlefield realities. Their emergence coincided with the emergence of other MICHI such as poetry and dance during the Sengoku period of constant warfare, not with peace after Tokugawa Ieyasu consolidated his grip on Japan. Friday maintains that Ryuha Bugei were very concerned with the development of the individual and thus DO coeval with their beginning.
Interestingly, other essays in the volume toe the line on the usual Ken-Zen, Jutsu-Do lore.
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Kendo World Publications (January 2005)
(This thread cross-posted to e-Budo:Budo no Kokoro as well.)
11-21-2006, 08:35 AM
Thanks Don! Should be required reading...
11-21-2006, 03:04 PM
Thanks Don! Should be required reading...Hey, Ron!
Here's the TOC, fwiw. Someone over at e-Budo asked for it and the book seems to remain in relative obscurity on the web as yet, so I typed it out:
20th Cent. Budo and Mystic Experience
Research of Miyamoto Mushashi's Gorin no sho: From the Perspective of Jpn Intellectual History
William H. bodiford
Zen and Japanese Swordsmanship Reconsidered
Ken-Zen-Sho: An Analysis of Swordsmanship, Zen, and Calligraphy and their Relevance Today
Cultural Friction in Budo
From "Jutsu" to "Do": The Birth of Kodokan Judo
Budo as a Concept: An Analysis of Budo's Characteristics
Confusion in the Concept of Budo in S. Korean Society
The Culture of "Bu"
What Should be Taught Through Budo?
Inter-connectedness of Waza and Mind
The Promotion of Budo for the Disabled
Budo in the Physical Education Curriculum of Jpn Schools
Duncan Robert Mark
Budo & Education
Off the Warpath: Military Science & Budo in the Evolution of Ryuha Bugei
Richard Schmidt and George R. Bristol
The Influence of the Japanese Martial Disciplines on the Dev't of the US Marine Corps MA Program
Thinking Differently about the Teaching of Judo in Japan
Raymond P. Ambrosi
Folk MA and Ritual: Continuity through Economic Change
Kendo or Kumdo: The Internationalization of Kendo and the Olympic Problem
Tilting at Windmils: Observations on the Complexities in Transmission of the Koryu Bujutsu in Japan and the US
Budo's Potential for Peace: Breaking Down Barriers in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
The Paradox of "Judo as an Olympic Sport" and "Judo as Tradition"
The Role of Judo in an Age of Internationalization
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