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ARMED MARTIAL ARTS OF JAPAN: Swordsmanship and Archery, by G. Cameron Hurst III. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998, 244 pp., with b/w photos.

An exception is the author of this brilliant book. G. Cameron Hurst is professor of history and director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied Shito-ryu karate in Japan and practiced Shotokan at the Nihon Karate Kyokai. Author of such important scholarly texts as “Insei: Abdicated Sovereigns in the Politics of Late Heian Japan,” he has at the same time received his tae kwon do black belt at the Kukiwon headquarters in Seoul.

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