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Beginning students in Japanese martial arts, such as karate, judo, aikido, iaido, kyudo, and kendo, learn that when they are in the dojo (the practice space), they must don their practice garb with ritual precision, address their teacher and senior students in a specific way, and follow certain unwritten but deeply held codes of behavior. But very soon they begin to wonder about the meaning behind the traditions, gear, and relationships in the dojo.

In this collection of lively, detailed essays, Dave Lowry, one of the most well-known and respected swordsmen in the United States, illuminates the history and meaning behind the rituals, training costumes, objects, and relationships that have such profound significance in Japanese martial arts, including

  • The dojo space itself
  • The teacher-student relationship
  • The act of bowing
  • What to expect - and what will be expected of you - when you visit a dojo
  • The training weapons
  • The hakama (ceremonial skirt) and dogi (practice uniform)
  • The Shinto shrine

Authoritative, insightful, and packed with fascinating stories from his own experience, In the Dojo provides a wealth of information that beginning students will pore over and advanced students will treasure.

©2006 Dave Lowry (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Great to learn about the dojo and behavior inside.

Great to learn about the dojo and behavior inside. Not to learn any technical stuff from martial art.

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great

great etiquette reference guide while still entertaining. on my top 3 of my budo literature favorites

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Mojo for my future Dojo!

Educational for the Budo-Ka that is not yet informed of the ways in Japan and Okinawa. Great Narrating too!

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  • A Peel-White
  • 08-27-14

Absolutely fascinating

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you are into the martial arts at all and especially the history and understanding the culture this is for you.

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  • Phil
  • 09-13-15

Very well read and insightful.

Like his book on the Budo, Mr Lowry gives a huge amount of information on the origins of terms and practices which are common place in westernised martial arts but are now without meaning because of over use and abuse without full knowledge of the Japanese culture behind it. Hence OSS, an abbreviation of a phrase meaning good morning being used all over the place in martial arts studios all around the world at all times of day when YES Sensei would probably be a better phrase to use.
This book give insight, not into the origins and historical practice of how A Dojo is designed and operated, and how they came to be. How a westerner should expect to conduct himself in a Japanese Dojo, and some useful information on how a western teacher might implement practices within their dojo without compromising their own cultural beliefs, being authentic and not being phoney.
Yes it gets heavy at times and I sure would like to get my hands on the paperback one day. But for a Karateka like myself, it has opened my eyes to my art further.