DAVID A. HALL is one of today’s foremost experts on Japanese combative culture. He has trained in martial arts for over 45 years, both in the U.S. and in Japan, and continues to study and teach in Rockville, MD. In additional to his martial studies, David Hall was ordained as a Buddhist priest in 1978, and integrated his religious training with graduate research, receiving a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies/Military History from the University of California, Berkeley. Hall has conducted his research in many languages, including modern and classical Japanese, classical Chinese, Sanscrit, Pali, and French. He was co-director of the International Hoplology Society, which studies combative behavior, systems, and performance; was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for study in Japan; and is the author of numerous published papers on both martial arts and topics related to Buddhism. Hall is currently a professor at Montgomery College in Maryland, where he is also a Director of CyberWatch, a National Science Foundation-supported center dealing with information assurance and security.
David Hall speaks about his book, the ENCYCLOEPDIA OF JAPANESE MARTIAL ARTS in this video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_cvduNJ9KY
IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO KICK YOUR MARTIAL ARTS LIBRARY UP A NOTCH!
David A. Hall’s authoritative and fascinating new ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAPANESE MARTIAL ARTS is one of the most important books on Japanese combative culture ever to be published in English. Organized to make using the volume as easy as possible, the ENCYCLOPEDIA features over 4,000 entries on every topic related to martial arts.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced-level martial artist – and no matter what system you study (Aikido, judo, karate, etc.) -- this extraordinary work will be your go-to resource. It’s also invaluable to scholars, translators, writers, filmmakers, pop culture fans, and anyone with an interest in Japan.
And don’t forget these two other recent titles: THE SPIRIT OF AIKIDO by Kisshomaru Ueshiba (available for the first time in hardcover) and AIKIDO: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY by Gozo Shioda.
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