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    • The Essence of Budo

    • A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways
    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    The study of budo, or the Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation, is a lifelong path toward perfection of character. Here, Dave Lowry, a sword master who has practiced and taught budo for over 40 years, addresses the myriad issues, vagaries, and inconsistencies that arise for students of karate-do, judo, kendo, kenjutsu, aikido, and iaido as their training develops.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I just sat in a Dojo of the mind.

    • By Joseph on 02-26-16
    • A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding the Japanese Martial Ways
    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 03-03-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 81 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Autumn Lightning

    • The Education of an American Samurai
    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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 relevance to modern times.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy listening.

    • By Larry on 01-26-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Traditions

    • Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways
    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 43

    The goals of the budo - the martial arts and ways of Japan - lie in refining the body and spirit. These goals are not always the obvious ones - and are learned only through the guidance and direction of great teachers. The techniques, methods, and rituals of the sensei can serve as guides to a well-lived life - and provide invaluable lessons for today's martial artists.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Reflections for any martial artist

    • By P_Cali on 12-18-16
    • Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways
    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 04-01-14
    • 5 out of 5 stars 47 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Persimmon Wind

    • A Martial Artist's Journey in Japan
    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Persimmon Wind - part memoir, part martial arts history, and part travelogue - relates Dave Lowry's experiences as he travels to Japan to reunite with his sensei, visit the graves of others of his martial lineage, and explore a country and culture that profoundly influenced his life. Lowry's account reveals a Japan unlikely to be witnessed by the average Westerner. Drawing on his deep knowledge of the martial arts, Lowry acts as an interpreter of sorts, deftly describing for the listener the myriad ways in which Japan's subtle, yet rich customs and rituals inform and enrich the seemingly mundane practices of life.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • In the Dojo

    • A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts
    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great to learn about the dojo and behavior inside.

    • By Patrice Lamarche on 09-10-16
    • A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts
    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Release date: 03-03-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 ratings

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Chinese Cooking For Diamond Thieves

    • By: Dave Lowry
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Driving home after being kicked out of college, Tucker meets and picks up the mysterious Corinne Chang at a rest stop. Infatuated, and with nothing better to do, he ends up with her in St. Louis, where he gets a job as a chef in a Chinese restaurant. Even though he’s a gwai lo—a foreign devil—his cooking skills impress the Chinese patrons of the restaurant, and his wooing skills impress Corinne when she joins him there as a waitress.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By JuJu on 01-14-16

    Regular price: $19.95