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  1. The Way of Judo

    The Way of Judo

    A Portrait of Jigoro Kano and His Students

    • by
    • John Stevens
    Kodokan judo, one of the most well-known martial arts in the world today, was originated by Jigoro Kano (1860–1938), a martial artist and career educator who developed the art after studying several types of jujutsu, sumo, and Western wrestling. Openness and refinement were hallmarks of his personal and professional style, and he relentlessly searched for the best way to practice, teach, and perform techniques. This biography shows how Kano… Read More

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  2. The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts

    The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts

    The Classic Chinese Guide for Success in War, Business, and Life

    • by
    • Hiroshi Moriya
    Here is a collection of ancient Chinese maxims on strategy, battlefield tactics, and deception—in the spirit of such classics as The Art of War and The Book of Five Rings—made fresh and relevant with contemporary examples and explanation. The origin of The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts is unknown; however, the text is a synthesis of various military principles, political expressions, and even folk sayings, some of which are… Read More

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  3. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

    The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

    12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind

    • by
    • Peter M. Wayne,
    • Mark L. Fuerst
    Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the… Read More

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  4. Cultivating Ch'i

    Cultivating Ch'i

    A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health

    • by
    • Kaibara Ekiken
    Samurai are best known for taking life—but here is a samurai doctor’s prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630–1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques and philosophy depended. While serving as the chief medical doctor and… Read More

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  5. The Life-Giving Sword

    The Life-Giving Sword

    Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun

    • by
    • Yagyu Munenori
    The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting; Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the… Read More

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  6. The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts

    The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts

    And Other Tales

    • by
    • Issai Chozanshi
    This collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century samurai is a classic of martial arts literature. The tales are concerned with themes such as perception of conflict, self-transformation, the cultivation of chi (life energy), and understanding yin and yang. Some of the parables seem light and fanciful, but they offer the reader valuable lessons on the fundamental principles of the martial arts; “The Mysterious Technique of the Cat” is iconic.… Read More

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  7. The Book of Five Rings

    The Book of Five Rings

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    • Miyamoto Musashi
    When the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come from Asia. Musashi gives timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other… Read More

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  8. Hagakure

    Hagakure

    The Book of the Samurai

    • by
    • Yamamoto Tsunetomo
    Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure, a series of texts written by an eighteenth-century samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct themselves, live, and die. While Hagakure was for many years a secret text known only to the warrior vassals… Read More

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  9. The Inner Art of Karate

    The Inner Art of Karate

    Cultivating the Budo Spirit in Your Practice

    • by
    • Kenji Tokitsu
    Budo, the way of the martial arts, is at heart a path of spiritual cultivation and self-realization whose aim is to develop a strategic mind that makes combat unnecessary. Kenji Tokitsu explains the philosophy of karate as budo and looks deeply at the key concepts that are essential for developing the budo mind in karate practice. These concepts are: distance and timing, … Read More

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  10. The Art of Peace

    The Art of Peace

    • by
    • Morihei Ueshiba
    The real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature—as the inspirational teachings in this collection show. The selections are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of aikido, a mind-body discipline that offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. This lovely hardcover edition features examples of Ueshiba’s calligraphy and includes… Read More

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