Interview with Laszlo Abel (1)

Australian Laszlo Abel came to Japan sixteen years ago in search of “noncommercial” martial arts. After trying out “ninjutsu” and finding it unsatisfactory, he turned to Yumio Nawa Sensei’s manrikigusari, or chain art. Unanswered questions about the roots of the art led Abel on a fascinating odyssey of historical research. Here he recalls some of his discoveries and experiences in both the classical martial arts and in doing research as a foreigner in Japan.

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