Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai

by Dave Lowry, Ron Suresha, Daniel Furuya

Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of kenjutsu (the art of swordsmanship) under a Japanese teacher inSt.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.26 out of 5
  • Published July 17th 2001 by Shambhala
  • Original Title: Autumn Lightning: The Education of an American Samurai
  • ISBN: 1570621152 (ISBN13: 9781570621154)
  • Edition Language: English

Dave Lowry juxtaposes his singular experience as an adept student of kenjutsu (the art of swordsmanship) under a Japanese teacher in St. Louis with a riveting account of the samurai tradition in Japan. Intertwining tales of the masters with reflections on his own apprenticeship in the samurai’s arts, he reveals in their time-honored methods a way of life with profound relevance to modern times. The result is a fascinating, singular autobiography. Lowry captures the sense of wonder and mystery that makes martial arts compelling to so many practitioners. Even those who do not practice martial arts will delight in this unusual coming-of-age story.