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Bushido Explained


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Alexander Bennett is a professor of Japanese history, martial arts and Budo theory at Kansai University. He co-founded and publishes Kendo World, the first English-language journal dedicated to Kendo. He holds black belts in several martial arts-Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan, Iaido 5-dan and Naginata 5-dan. His published works include Japan: The Ultimate Samurai Guide and Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai.

Baptiste Tavernier is an artist and martial artist based in Japan. He has studied martial arts at the International Budo University in Chiba for 7 years and has written several articles and books on the topic of martial arts. He has exhibited his artwork in cities worldwide including Tokyo, Taipei and Miami.


"Dr. Bennett possesses a profound knowledge of, and deep insight into, the world of Japanese bushido. This expertise has been enhanced by his extensive practical experience of the traditional martial arts of Japan, and his proficiency in this domain is highly acclaimed." - Tetsuo Yamaori, former Director of the International Research Center for Japanese Studies
"Alex Bennett is a stalwart of martial arts and Bushido in Japan. He is one of the very few who can convey the wisdom of the samurai to the rest of the world." -Yasuko Kimura, headmaster of Tendo-ryu (a 400-year-old classical martial arts school)
"No other study of Japanese history and culture offers such a wide-ranging, yet clear analysis of Bushido...Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, [it] is an extraordinarily informative and unreservedly recommended introduction to the Japanese warrior code known as Bushido..." - Midwest Book Review
"...a beautiful introduction to the world of the Japanese Samurai and their way of the warrior...If a reader is looking for an overview of key aspects of Bushido, this is likely the book for them. The integration of visual resources will likely appeal to many readers..." - Martial Journal

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