Fudebakudo is the Way of the Exploding Pen.
Fudebakudo is a secret martial art.
Fudebakudo is a website, a way of life, a style of illustration, the name of the technique of making nigiri sushi that always falls apart when you attempt to pick it up, and even a trademark.
Fudebakudo is also a near-encyclopaedic collection of facts, insights, and less factual facts concerning the world of traditional martial arts, captured in words and pictures on sheets of high-quality stock paper. Which is to say: it is a book.
Fudebakudo first appeared in The Cartoonist newspaper in 1993. The book was published in 2003 — and you can still buy it... including directly from Beholder (Exploding Pen Ltd is the “front” for publishing Beholder projects).
The Fudebakudo book is a true multi-media experience because it includes — in addition to many other extraordinary features, of course — a flick-man animation of a samurai who cuts his way through the page.
There’s lots more over on the Fudebakudo website. Remember to bow on your way in.
Fudebakudo is the penultimate martial art.