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The Samurai by Jim Down

Samurai Warrior

The term "samurai", meaning "those who serve", and the samurai were the members of the military class, the Japanese warriors. They formed a class during the 9th and 12th centuries. They emerged from the provinces of Japan to become the ruling class until their decline and later total abolition in 1876 during the Meiji Era.

The samurai were fighting men, skilled in the martial arts. Samurai had extensive skills in the use of the bow and arrow and the sword. These warriors were men who lived by Bushido; it was their way of life. The samurai's loyalty…

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The tale of the 47 Ronin by Jim Down

The tale of the 47 Ronin

The 47 Ronin is one of the most famous story, of the history of the samurai. The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (ronin, is masterless samurai) after their master was forced to commit seppuku, which is a ritual suicide, for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka. The story occurred at a time when the samurai class was struggling to maintain a sense of itself-warriors with no war, a social class without a function.

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Tomisaburo Wakayama by Gus Leous

Tomisaburo Wakayama

Wakayama Tomisaburo-born Okumura Masaru in Fukagawa on September 1, 1929-seemed destined for an actor's life. His family were notables in the traditional entertainment district: Wakayama's father was a renowned Kabuki performer and master of the traditional Japanese singing style, nagauta. So it seemed only natural for Tomisaburo and his little brother Katsu Shintaro to follow in the footsteps of their father.

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Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) by Dimitris Katakalaios

Wong Fei-Hung

Wong Fei-Hung was born in 1847 in the Fushan district of China. He died in 1924 of natural causes. His contributions to modern day Hung-Gar are unmatched, and can be considered one of the forefathers of modern day martial arts. He was renowned for protecting the weak and helping the poor. Wong Kay-Ying was his father, who was a physician and great martial arts master also.

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