Iaido Journal Apr 2010
Gordon Warner, in Memory
2010 EJMAS, all
Dr. Gordon Warner sensei passed away March 4 Okinawa at the age of 97. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.
Many EJMAS readers will know him by two books:
Japanese swordsmanship: technique and practice
Gordon Warner & Donn F. Draeger
Publisher: New York : Weatherhill, 1982.
This Is Kendo
This Is Kendo: The Art of Japanese Fencing
Junzo Sasamori, Gordon Warner,
Publisher: Charles E. Tuttle Publishers
Edition: Hardcover; 1964-06
From Robert Stroud:
A treasured photo of Warner sensei and
the following is from my post on iaido-l listserver in July 1998.
...the most famous one legged swordsman of all Dr. Gordan Warner. At 6' 3 (or more) he is still an imposing man even at 85 years old. When I last spoke with Warner
Sensei I called him at his home in Okinawa (where he teaches
kendo/iaido) and I asked him about the rumors circulating thru cyber
space that he had died. He said "What a bunch of nonsense, that's the
most ridiculous thing I have ever heard", and then quickly added, "so
what can I do for you". He is a real treasure.
Warner sensei practiced with Mochida
sensei 10 dan, at the Mitsubishi Dojo before AND after WWII. In fact he
lost his leg fighting at the Battle of Bougainville. If you look in his
book "This is Kendo" you can see his artificial foot in some of the
pictures of him doing keiko.
At a kendo taikai at Michigan State University a couple years ago I got
to hear him give the opening kendo taikai address. He is very powerful
and very driven. If you were to ask him about practicing with one leg I
am sure he would say something like ' no real secret, just go to the
dojo and train hard. And when it seems impossible train harder '. He
told me that if I wanted to do what he had (in kendo) all I had to do
was go to the dojo everyday, and survive whatever happens.
Here is a 39Mb mpg audio (28 minutes) file of an interview with
him for a radio show Warner_My_Kendo_Life.mp3
Good luck and remember to train hard. Robert "big time Gordan Warner fan" Stroud
Here is an blog post on Gordon Warner: http://kenshi247.net/blog/2009/08/07/gordon-warner/
An article from Black Belt magazine, Jan 1962. http://books.google.com/books?id=bdkDAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&lr=&rview=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false
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