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- Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:12:03 EST f95yQ643 No.70134
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So this book I done read "Arts of Strength, Arts of Serenity: Martial Arts Training for Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health", which is alright, has a pretty comprehensive list of martial arts related books that I'd figure I'd transcribe here.

"The following books are ones I recommend to martial arts students. Most are about traditional budo, but a few are about subjects, such has Zen, that are of interest because of their relationship to budo or bushido. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so students should seek out as many other good books as they can find.

Samurai Painters (1983): By showing the brush works of warriors who were also painters, the authors illuminate several important aspects of their personalities, including heir aility to observe, their passion for life, and their strength of character. A illuminating complement to the written word for learnign about bushido.

The Japanese Art of War (1991): A very well-written treatise on the relationship between martial arts, Japanese culture, and Zen. Because this book is written from an academic perspective, it is more useful as an historical overview than a practical guide to martial arts training, but still an excellent addition to any martial arts library.

Iai: the Art of Drawing the Sword (1981): A charming book on the Mugai style of iaido, illustrated with simple hand-drawn figure that clearly convey the ideas of the author. Craig explains the basics of Mugai-Ryu and also offers a liberal dose of samurai culture through stories of old Japan. Even though this work is not very polished, it communicates the spirit of Japanese swordsmanship well.

Karate-Do: My Way of Life (1975): An autobiography that highlights Funakoshi's martial arts career and his introduction of Okinawan karate to Japan. Easy to read and written in a clear, entertaining style, the stories and advice here are inspirational and decidedly informative for students of any martial art.

Zen in teh Art of Archery (1971): This book has had a great influence on the Western understanding of Zen, and rightfully so. Written by a Westerner trying to grasp the secrets of kyudo, Herrigel details his struggles in a way that gives the reader a vivid look at Zen concepts.

Japanese Death Poems (1986): Zen and Japanese thought taught through one of the most unique products of bushido culture. There is nothing morbid about these robust poems; they are alive with energy, transmitted simply through the words of old warriors and Zen masters.
Ebenezer Crobblestene - Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:25:29 EST f95yQ643 No.70135 Reply
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Zen in the Martial Arts (1979): Hyams presents anecdotes of his encounters with some of the famous martial arts figures of the early seventies, including Ed Parker and Bruce Lee. Although few of these stories are actually about Zen, many of them offer good, commonsense advice about various aspects of martial arts. Worthwhile reading, especially of the novice.

Martial arts and Sports in Japan (1993): Meant as a pocket guide for the real tourist, this little book actually contains a great deal of accurate information on judo, kendo, sumo, etc. Very helpful for those who are shopping for a first martial art, or those who will visit Japan and want to see budo in its home environment.

Jodokan Judo (1986): A modern version of Kano's original writings on judo, this is a must read. It describes the evolution of judo from sumo and jujutsu and details the essential skills for beginning, intermediate, and advanced judoists. Serious students of judo will find themselves repeatedly returning to these pages for technical knowledge and inspiration.

A Book of Five Rings (1974): Probably the most famous book on martial arts and strategy ever published, this book is an effective teacher of strategic concepts in a variety of fields, and has been widely used by businesspeople in building their own companies. By offering information that is always slightly beyond the reader's grasp, Musashi lures one into gradually deepening insights.

Karate-do Foundations (1995): In this very useful book on the fundamentals of Shori-ryu and Shudokan karate, Moeller clearly describes the learning process, history, and philosophy of karate training. Beginners, intermediate students, and teachers will all benefit from the concepts found here.

The Secrets of the Target (1984): An excellent manual of kyudo according to the teachings of the Chozen-ji school of Hawaii, this book treats in depth the relationship between Zen and archery, detailing exactly the movements of the kata and their meanings. A great source of information on kyudo, and very useful for any students of Zen or budo.

Moving Zen (1982): A charming history of Nicol's life as a beginning and intermediate karate student. By describing his own difficulties and advenures in learning karate, Nico illuminates, without lecturing, many of the important aspects of training and Japanese culture.

Bushido, the Soul of Japan (1969): Absolutely the best explanation of bushido in the English language. The author describes the samurai heart of Japan in language that is both well-organized and also appealing to the inner senses. Every student of Japanese martial arts must read this book several times.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (1957): The most useful Zen book in the English language. Reps has collected Zen stories and other robust writings that actually teach Zen while entertaining the reader. Much more effective and entertaining that any academic treatise on Zen.
Ebenezer Crobblestene - Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:41:29 EST f95yQ643 No.70136 Reply
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The Code of the Samurai (1992): This is an excellent translation of a sixteenth century work by Daidoji Yuzan, which advised young samurai on budo and other matters. Though not as pithy as Hagakure, this work comes in a close second with its more detailed explanations of certain important concepts, such as right and wrong, bravery, and duty.

This is Kendo: The Art of Japanese Fencing (1964): The essential kendo text in English, this work is valuable to every student of the martial arts for its description of the evolution of bushido and swordsmanship, as well as its detailed explanation of the art of kendo.

The Unfettered Mind (1986): Takuan, the robust, outspoken Zen master, advised a few of he preeminent swordsmen of his day on how to triumph using Zen. The three remarkable essays in this book convey Zen concepts with authority. Although challening, this material is nevertheless very important to the serious martial artist.

The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido (1992): Ueshiba Morihei was not only the founder of aikido but a mystic who put many profound concepts into written and spoken words. For those in search of deep meaning in life, and for those who simply want to understand Ueshiba's far-reaching influence on modern budo, this book is a must read.

The Sword of No Sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu (1984): One of the most important and inspirational books in the martial arts library. Vital reading for anyone who hopes to learn martial arts as a way of life. Tesshu exemplified the martial idea lof doing everything with total commitment, and reading about his life is an entertaining way to study the history and culture of pre-Meiji Japan.

The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Eishin-Ryu Iaido (1995): A manual of practice drills using the bokuto (wooden sword). Trains the student in basic iaido movements: to stand and move with good balance, and to wield the sword with strength.

Manual of Zen Buddhism (1960): A collection of Zen assembled by the grandfather of Zen in the West, this book contains sutras, koans, and stories meant to assist Zen monks in their studies. From simple and amusing to extremely abstruse, the writings here teach rather than describe the Zen state of mind.

The Art of War (1963): The quintessential treatise on strategy, very practical and engaging. This is a must-read-annually for martial artists, who should find that every reread yields new insights.
Ebenezer Crobblestene - Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:48:37 EST f95yQ643 No.70137 Reply
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A Comparison of Bushido and Chivalry (1984): A good source of stories about Samurai warriors and lists of warrior virtues, this book is written in awkward non-native English but contains much vital information on budo and bushido.

Japanese Swordsmanship (1986): One of the first and finest books written on iaido in English, by two of the first experts in the field. The book has an extensive historical section, written in Draeger's inimitable style, and a detailed section on the fundamentals of seitei iai. A good educational text for any student of swordsmanship, though probably best for those who are students of the techniques shown.

Sumo (1988): A richly illustrative guide to the msot essentially Japanese of martial sports. Describes techniques and sumo culture, and lists many of the top rikishi (sumo players) of the time when the book was written. Useful for sumo fans and for judoists, who can study the relationship between sumo skills and those used in judo.

Heiho Okugisho: The Secret of High Strategy (1994): A reprinting with translations of writings on strategy in swordsmanship, this collection was first begun in 1571 and modified several times through the yeares. Full of practical advice for the samurai swordfighter, the writings and pictures are evocative of a bygone era.

Hagakure: the Book of the Samurai (1979): An indispensable book for any serious student of Japanese martial arts and culture. expresses, rather than describes, bushido and the samurai culture, and does so in an inspiring way that makes it one of the most important books in any martial artist's library.
Ebenezer Crobblestene - Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:56:48 EST f95yQ643 No.70138 Reply
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And now a few recommended periodicals...

Aikido Jounral, by Aiki News,
Machida-shi, Tokyo 194 Japan

Aikido Today Magazine, by Arete Press
Claremont, CA

Black Belt Magazine, by Rainbow Publications
Valencia, CA

Fighting Women News
Theodore, Alabama

Furyu: The Budo Jounral, by Tengu Press
Honolulu, Hawaii

The Iaido Newsletter, by Mr. Kim Taylor, Dept. of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario

Journal of Asian Martial Arts, by Via Media Publishing Company
Erie, Pennsylvania

Karate Magazine, by Unique Publications
Burbank, CA
Ebenezer Crobblestene - Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:15:39 EST f95yQ643 No.70139 Reply
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Anyways, that's all the author Nicklaus Suino covered. Credit where credit's due. He mentioned his focus was exclusively Japanese martial arts, so i'm sure there's plenty of martial arts from other regions (such as Korean Hapkido or Brazilian JuJutsu) that are worthy of study and exploration.

As far as all of the recommended books, the author highlighted eight essential texts, five books about historical figures who have been important to the development of modern Japanese martial arts, and three pivotal texts written about budo and bushido.

The autobiography of Funakoshi (who laregl created the Shotokan school of karate) in Karate-Do: My way of Life.

Kano Jigoro was the founder of Kodokan Judo, he synthesized his art from techniques found inf early jujutso systems and sumo, his book Kodokan Judo is vital reading.

The legend of Miyamoto Musashi is known throughout Japan and the world. He was a seventeenth-century swordsman who fought over sixty duel with real swords and never lost. It is said that he reached a state of enlightenment through his dedication to sword practice. His advice in A Book of Five Rings is so profound that there is always something in it just beyond the understanding of the student. The best martial artists I know all pick up this book once or twice a year to reread it and consider how its meaning relates to them.

Ueshiba Morihei was the founder of aikido. He is considered one of the great philosohpers of budo, and regardless of whether you study aikido, exposure to his teachings will help your internal development in martial arts. we are extremely lucky to have a fine translation of his teachings by John Stevens, called The Art of Peace, Teachings of the Founder of Aikido.

Another book by Stevens called The Sword of No Sword is about the life and teachings of Yamaoka Tesshu, a Meiji period swordsman, statesman, and perhaps one of the finest calligraphers ever. Tesshu's life exemplified the Zen idea of victory over the self through a robust experience.

The first of the three books that every martial artist must not only read, but totally absorb through years of study, is Hagakure, by Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a book written by an old samurai lamenting the passing of the time-honored, traditional ways of bushido.

The second essential book is Bushido, by Nitobe Inazo. It is perhaps easier to understand than Hagakure, being better organized and having been written expressly for an English-speaking audience, and it communicates the concepts found in bushido very well.

Finally, every marital artist must read Sun Tsu's The Art of War. This book spells out, though not always in the clearest terms, how to win battles, individually or in groups. Where Musashi is esoteric, Sun Tsu is methodical, elucidating which factors to consider and how much weight to give hem. It may not be clear to beginnign martial arts students why this book has value, but once they begin teaching, they will find that The Art of War spends many hours off of the shelves.


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