The Japanese sword arts are so intricately intertwined with daily living and the enterprising mindset in Japan that the revered spirit of the samurai will never die. Even today, in corporations, schools, and daily life, the spirit of the samurai is very much alive.
Shihan Dana Abbott has been living the Way of the sword for over 35 years and is working to teach and instill that spirit to today’s youth around the world.
This book is an adaptation of an interview with Shihan Abbott about his background in the sword arts and about the history and spirit of the samurai. Since the Koryu style practiced in the warring factions of Japan to the government-run martial arts universities of today, one thing has remained the same - spirit.
“That’s why the Japanese people have one of the highest literacy rates in the world. They make it a point to make their mind and their body work together.” - Shihan Dana Abbott
“It seems like there’s an abundance of ADHD kids now and they’re giving them drugs, or giving them this, or giving them that. For the past 10,000 years, we've had ADHD people around all the time. They were called hunters. They were the people who would become kings.” - Shihan Dana Abbott
Tim Johnson is an author in a variety of fields, most notably dual-language children's fiction and martial arts non-fiction.
Tim discovered the power of bilingual books while visiting Japan as a teenager. In 2007 He founded the Language Bear bilingual bookstore and is committed to educating children in foreign languages as a tool for increasing cultural awareness and gaining new perspectives. A product design engineer by trade, Tim's quest for knowledge and understanding is a daily pursuit. He continues to broaden the horizons of children as a martial arts instructor, always encouraging young students to become more aware of the enormous world around them.
With 20+ years of martial arts experience Tim founded the Martial Arts Lineage Project in 2010 to help bring the worldwide community of martial artists closer together. This project documents the lineage and history of all styles of martial arts around the world. Additionally it serves to raise awareness of the vast benefits martial arts has to offer. In addition to this website Tim hosts a martial arts podcast and discusses the philosophies of martial arts masters from around the globe.read more