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.
In 1588 the famous samurai swordsman Kagehisa Ittosai started thinking about which of his two students would officially inherit his itto ryu. Always enigmatic, he told them they were too equal in skill for him to decide. They’d have to come up with a test of their talents. The men,
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