Book Review: Arts of Strength, Arts of Serenity

Nicklaus Suino. Weatherhill, 1996

A compact book of 117 pages that covers a number of Japanese Martial Arts namely, Aikido, Iaido, Judo, Jujutsu, Karate, Kendo, Kobudo and Kyudo.

This book also has appendixes that cover eight identical texts (8 books that the author recommends). Annotated bibliography (books that the author recommends to martial art students – there are 29), Budo Periodicals (obviously a bit out of date now) and Budo Organisations.

A well thought through book that covers training the body, the mind and also 3 martial virtues namely, strength, courage and loyalty.
A quote in the book from KARL W SCOTT III, Karate and Aikido instructor on the essentials for any important task sums up the book and its contents “Right place, Right time, Right frame of mind”.