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Dept/Column: Karate Way

Since 1968, Dave Lowry has been an avid student and practitioner of Japanese swordsmanship and martial arts. He has trained in karate-do, judo and aikido, and he is an expert on shindo muso-ryu and yagyu shinkage-ryu,two classical schools of combat that date back to Japan's feudal era.

Lowry is a longtime contributor to Black Belt and has written the Karate Way column since 1986. His articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Playboy and Bottom Line, and he is a restaurant critic for St. Louis Magazine.

Lowry frequently travels throughout Asia to research its history, and he has written several books about Japan and the budo. His Black Belt titles include Jo: Art of the Japanese Short Staff, Bokken: Art of the Japanese Sword and his latest work, The Best of Dave Lowry, a compilation of his Karate Way columns.

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Budo History: The Role of Ancient Samurai Swordsman Scrolls

Black Belt columnist Dave Lowry examines the role that scrolls and tablets played in the transmission of the budo in ancient Japan!
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