The Sword and the Brush by Dave Lowry: Book Review by Enso Martial Arts

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The Sword and the Brush: What the Blurb says

This moment of perfect clarity that is the force behind all the traditional Japanese arts—from archery to flower arranging—is celebrated here in Dave Lowry’s exploration of the common principles shared by calligraphy and the martial arts.

Forty-two examples of Lowry’s calligraphy, accompanied by his essays, show how the way of the brush reflects the strategic principles of the way of the sword. Each calligraphy represents a term from the martial arts—such as do, the way, or wa, harmony. The accompanying text amplifies our understanding of the term, what it meant to Japanese warriors, and what it means to practitioners of calligraphy and the martial arts today. What becomes clear is that these two seemingly unrelated disciplines actually partake of the same profound elemental spirit.

The Sword and the Brush: What Enso Martial Arts thinks

Lowry, uses his extensive experience in the Japanese martial arts to explain some of the more philosophical aspects of the martial arts world.

He analyses his own calligraphy characters and relates it to martial arts philosophies given insight into knowledge he has gained and learned over the years.

This isn’t a book you’d read from beginning to end, but more a book you can pick up from time to time and read a chapter or two and attempt to incorporate them into your own training.

For those interested in philosophical insights in martial arts regardless of style this is a great book and one you can pick up again and again.

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