FUMON TANAKA was born in 1943. He started learning kendo at the age of thirteen, and has been practicing martial arts ever since. He is the leading authority on the traditional martial arts in Japan, and has published many books on the subject. In 1988 he traveled to France as part of the Nihon Budo delegation selected by the Ministry of Education and the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Since then he has frequently been invited to teach in Germany, Italy, England, France, Denmark, and Sweden.