Transmission and Succession in the Classical Arts by Meik Skoss

In the study of the kobudo and kobujutsu (Japanese classical martial arts and ways), one of the more intriguing questions is that of the transmission and succession of the different martial traditions via the soke or iemoto (headmaster or successor to a ryu). The modern martial ways, the “do” forms, generally do not follow the same patterns of technical or cultural transmission and it is easy for people from outside of Japan to misunderstand how the classical traditions were passed down through the generations.

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