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  • 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
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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By: Dave Lowry
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
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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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  • Patrice Lamarche
  • 10-09-2016

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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  • Larry
  • 03-06-2015

great

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

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  • Veronica Idrovo
  • 10-07-2018

Super boring and pretentious

This was an awful listen. Just couldn't finish it. The author seems to be an asshat.

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  • Matt Stinson & Danielle Buck
  • 07-09-2020

Author seem bitter.

This book was a bit of a disappointment; it seemed half text book and half a old man screaming “get off my lawn”. Though there was good information in there, it all came with a hum of bitterness behind everything as the author longed for the “good old days”, even as he condemn other people for doing the same. Much like how he builds himself up and bashes people for sound practices he does not think is proper, all while saying having a big ego is bad. I did not understand his desire he have Martial Arts teachers to hold to tradition and starve, over evolving so they can stay open to continue to bring these arts to the world while also being able to provide for their families.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-2018

More Educational than Entertainment.

This is certainly an educational book more than entertainment. I came into this book with an average knowledge of martial arts. This book gave me some good insight as to the "why" and "where did it come from" type of questions. if you are looking for a story this volume is certainly not for you. But, if you are looking for a deeper understanding of Japanese Marrtial Arts and Culture this book is a good overview.

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  • Gregory
  • 31-05-2015

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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  • Clarence Sheets
  • 25-03-2021

Great

A great book by a great author. I own the book now I now the audiobook

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  • brandon mccrystal
  • 17-06-2019

not what was expected based on description

poor layout, and description. just not what I myself was expecting from the author. having read many books by him I was very disappointed with this one

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  • Phil
  • 13-09-2015

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.

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  • A Peel-White
  • 27-08-2014

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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