Author wows students with samurai tales

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STUDENTS at Raincliffe School in Scarborough gave a warm welcome to the author of the Young Samurai series of young adult books.

Promoting his latest book Ring of Water, Chris Bradford gave students a taste of what it was like to be like a samurai warrior.

Students learnt that to follow the way of the warrior was about “Bushido” – honesty, honour, compassion, loyalty and important of all respect.

Mr Bradford demonstrated martial arts of the “Kata”, the samurai sword with its razor-sharp edge coming so close to one student she said: “I thought he was going to slice my nose - it was cool!”

Whilst reading from one of his books he completed a fight scene showing the moves from the pages and showed films of students from Japan in a real Samurai school.

He completed three sessions with Years eight, nine and 10.

More than 200 students were his captivated by his high-energy performance that left many of them awestruck and keen to learn more about martial arts.

After the sessions Mr Bradford stayed and signed his books for the students.

Mrs Rawling, learning resource centre manager, said: “Bringing authors into school is a fantastic way to bring literature alive.

“Students are often inspired when they meet authors.”

Young Samurai: The Ring of Fire by Chris Bradford is out on August 4.