Category Archive: Book Reviews

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Apr 17 2014

“The Swordsman’s Handbook”

    The Swordsman’s Handbook is the definitive collection of writings that reveals the study of swordsmanship not only is essential to life and death, but as transcendent of life and death as well. All of the authors of this book taught that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage. In …

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Aug 19 2013

Book Review: The Way of Judo

A biography of the founder of Kodokan judo, Jigoro Kano, “The Way of Judo” benefits from the eventful and insightful life of its subject, but unfortunately proves to be a difficult read. John Stevens, the book’ author, writes in a flatly impersonal and didactic style, stuffed with encyclopaedic details and anecdotes, and learning about Kano …

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Apr 15 2012

The Inner Art of Karate

Shambhala Publications just sent me Kenji Tokitsu’s latest book to review. Tokitsu, you may remember, also wrote a wonderful book on the life of Musashi (reviewed in this section) and therefore I was most interested to see what he had to say about Karate. I was most pleased that he focused on karate as an …

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Apr 15 2012

Health over Harmony

Uechi-ryu practitioner Paul Sweeney has written an excellent book . . .”Gleanings of a ten-year odyssey in Asian clinics, temples and dojo”. . . which all martial artist and alternate health enthusiasts should enjoy reading. Paul sent me this email along with a copy of his book: Hi Mattson Sensei: I just wanted to update …

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Dec 13 2008

Greater Nowheres (book)

Greater Nowheres Wanderings Across the Outback Dave Finkelstein and Jack London First off, let me tell you that both David Finkelstein and Jack London are lifelong friends of mine. When I heard that they were going on an extended trip to the Australian Outback, my first thoughts were “They will kill one another!” Picture the …

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Jul 04 2008

Lee Iacocca

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes?  He is now 82 years old and has a new book; Where Have All The Leaders Gone,some excerpts Lee Iacocca Says: “Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage?  We …

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Mar 24 2006

Black Belt Test Guide, 2nd Edition, e-book

There is great news for all IUKF members…. George Mattson has revised and updated the Black Belt Test Guide, creating a second edition.  Best of all, it is in e-book format, which allows immediate availability to all Uechika who are members of the IUKF.  Because it’s in electronic format, it can be updated if any …

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