Ryuchi Matsuda (松田 隆智?, June 6, 1938 – July 24, 2013) was the Japanese author behind A Historical Outline of Chinese Martial Arts and a manga called Kenji (supposedly based on his life story). According to Dr. Kenji Tokitsu, author and practitioner of Japanese martial arts, Matsuda is known for introducing and publicising various Chinese martial arts in Japan.
When he was young, Matsuda learned karate and other traditional Japanese martial arts. Later he learned some Chinese martial arts such as Chen-style taijiquan, Baji Boxing, Northern Mantis Boxing, Bagua Palm, and Yen Ching Boxing. At some point he became a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and his research and writing covered both Buddhism and martial arts.
A Historical Outline of Chinese Martial Arts was originally written in 1979 and later revised when Matsuda lived in Taipei. It has appeared in a number of different editions in Chinese and Japanese and is one of eight books he has written on the martial arts.
- 訃報：中国武術研究の第一人者・松田隆智氏が死去 (in Japanese). eFight. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- Matsuda, Ryuchi (1986). Zhōngguó wǔshù shǐlüè 中國武術史略 (in Chinese). Taipei 臺北: Danqing tushu.
- Tokitsu, Kenji (1990-03-29). "L'histoire du karaté 19 : Le regard dans le combat du kisémé" (in French). Tokitsu-Ryu. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-27.
R. Matsuda est connu au Japon pour avoir introduit et fait connaître par de nombreuses publications différents arts de combat chinois dans le milieu des arts martiaux contemporains.
- Kennedy, Brian & Elizabeth Guo (2005). Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books. pp. 61–62. ISBN 1-55643-557-6.
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