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After this Marine-turned-martial-arts-researcher delved into the Japanese martial arts and ways, he worked to help people around the world get access to them via instruction and authoritative written material.

Donn F. Draeger's personal life remains a mystery, if not actually mysterious. It's fairly well-established that he was once married, possibly to a fellow Marine, and that the couple had a son before the union ended, but to date nothing more is known of that part of his life. Lady friends came and went, but not one remained long after she realized that his ultimate devotion in life was to martial arts training and study. Focused like a laser, he was too self-directed for permanent or, apparently, even long-term relationships.

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Learn how this iconic martial arts researcher was introduced to judo, jujitsu, kendo, iaido and other budo and bujutsu — and how he immersed himself in each discipline.

On October 20, 1982, the martial arts world lost one of its most dynamic and charismatic figures. Donn F. Draeger, USMC (retired), budo kyoshi (full professor of Japanese martial arts and ways) and ranked martial artist in perhaps a dozen combative systems, passed away from cancer at age 60 in his home state of Wisconsin.

Draeger is remembered today chiefly as the author of more than 30 books and numerous articles about the Asian martial arts, as well as for being one of the best-qualified and most experienced Western exponents of the combative arts.

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Master the nunchaku, bo, sai and kama among other karate weapons as master practitioner Fumio Demura shares his decades of knowledge through a series of karate weapons books and DVDs!

For many years, the karate style known as shito-ryu was relatively unknown outside Japan, even though it’s perhaps the most interesting of all the Japanese systems. Shito-ryu is really a combination of several styles. For instance, it adopts the quick, strong moves of shotokan and blends them with the slow, heavy breathing aspects of goju-ryu. Another noteworthy feature of shito-ryu is the emphasis that some of its instructors place on making their students proficient in kobudo (traditional weaponry), including the bo, sai, naginata and nunchaku. One of shito-ryu’s most famous practitioners and teachers has been the legendary karate weapons master Fumio Demura.

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Have you ever wondered if — beyond authoritative martial arts publications such as Black Belt — there was a scientific endeavor to study how humans fight? Well, there is. And it’s called hoplology — the behavioral science that examines and catalogs the entire spectrum of conflict.

Have you ever wondered if — beyond authoritative martial arts publications such as Black Belt — there was a scientific endeavor to study how humans fight? Well, there is. And it’s called hoplology. Hoplology is the behavioral science that examines how people fight. This study includes weapons, strategies, psychology and emotionality — the entire spectrum of the conflict experience. In this new FREE Guide — Hoplology: Martial Arts Weapons and How Humans Fight — longtime Black Belt columnist Dave Lowry introduces you to the science of why people fight and how they fight. Download this FREE Guide to learn the following:

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