Young Samurai The Way Of The Warrior: The Way Of The Warrior

Paperback | August 26, 2008

byChris Bradford

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August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins. But life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Even with his friend Akiko by his side, Jack is singled out by bullies and treated as an outcast. With courage in his heart and his sword held high, can Jack prove himself and face his deadliest rival yet?

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August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins. But life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Ev...

Chris Bradford has trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship. He earned his black belt in Zen Kyo Shin Taijutsu, the secret fighting art of the ninja. Before writing the Young Samurai series, he was a professional musician and songwriter and has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II. You can learn more about Chris Bradf...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.71 × 5.06 × 0.87 inPublished:August 26, 2008Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141324309

ISBN - 13:9780141324302

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Thus is a great book that I loved. I love the fast action and plot twists that the author puts in.
Date published: 2014-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking I started with the Prologue, Kyoto, Japan, August 1609. I was riveted to my seat. I could not put the book down until I had finished it in its entirety. Wow, it is an amazing piece of literature and art. It truly captured the essence of what it would be like to be a 12-year-old in Feudal Japan. Author Chris Bradford writes, “The story literally burst out of me” and that’s exactly how it reads, one fire ball in motion to the next. I like the short chapters, only 5 to 9 pages, ideal for a classroom setting of 9-12 year olds during silent reading. I bet they’ll be sneaking a peek between classes. 12-year-old Jack finds himself out to see with his father. The winds are fierce. The loose some crew to the depths of the great white beast but shipwreck off the coast of Japan. Just when the ship is seaworthy Jacks father and crew are slaughtered by ninja pirates. Jack is unconscious from the explosion so does not know that he has been rescued by the legendary sword master Masaniti Takeshi. He adopts Jack as his son, to replace his son that died a year before, the exact day Jack arrived. Jack is lonely for home. His mother dead from pneumonia, his father dead from the Ninja attack, he has only a baby sister left behind in England. He wants to go home. Akiko reminds him that Japan can be his home too. Jack realizes he does have friends, Akiko, Yamato, Saburo, Yori and Kiku. He is accept into their family and soon goes off to Niten Ichi Ryu school of martial arts. They train in meditation, hand to hand combat, the sword and the bow. Jack, Akiko and Saburo must defeat a rival school for the honor of Masamoto’s dojo. Jack must face Masamoto’s runaway son as an opponent. They discover they are equals in bokkon. Later Jack tries to help him but too proud he plunges to his near death, Jack must dive in and save him. Eventually they realize they truly are friends. They give the sword to Masomoto and his son asks for forgiveness and is forgiven and returned to the family. Quotes I enjoyed: Death is not the biggest fear you should have. Your biggest fear is taking the risk to be truly alive. It is about how you live, even in death. I know not how to defeat others, I only know how to win over myself; he whispered. The real and most dangerous opponents we face in life are fear, anger, confusion, doubt, and despair. If we overcome those enemies that attack us from within, we ca attain a true victory of any attack from without. Conquer your inner fears and you can conquer the world. That is your lesson for today. Sensei Yamada p.243 Every time you step out of that door, you face ten thousands foes. Regard your hands and feet as weapons against them. Tomorrow’s victory is today’s practice. Your first year of taijutsu will be devoted to basic techniques. Master the basics, they are all that matter. Get your stances right, make your moves precise. Then you can fight. Fancy techniques are for travelling fairs and impressing the ladies. The basics are for battle. Sensei Kyuzo p.194 Bushido means, “Way of the Warrior”, it is our samurai code of conduct. It is unwritten and unsaid. It is our way of life. Bushido is only known through action. The seven virtues of bushido are rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor and loyalty. Masamoto p.133 Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear p.172 Excerpt from “No Peaceful Warriors! , Ambrose (James) Hollingworth. In real budo, there are no enemies. Real budo is a function of love. The way of a Warrior is not to destroy and kill but to foster life, t cntinually cree.’ p.31 Budets, by John Stevens. In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down. p.168 Brian Weir The path the warrior is lifelong. Yet mastery is often simply staying the path. p.154 strozainstitute.com Richard Heckler From even tiny bud springs a tree of many branches. The castle commences with the laying of the first stone. Every journey begins with just one step. p155 Lao Tzu It’s good to have an end to journey toward but its the journey that matters in the end p.156 The left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin
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