Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts

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Author: Kenji Tokitsu

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781570629983

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 105

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Students of the martial arts know that while technical prowess and physical power are essential characteristics in a fighter, true mastery of a martial art comes by cultivating one's inner strength. In Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts, Kenji Tokitsu-an authority on Japanese and Chinese combat arts and a respected karate teacher-shows how cultivating ki (or life force) and understanding the principles of budo (the martial path of self- development) can make training in martial arts more meaningful, effective, and personally rewarding. Tokitsu emphasizes the more mental aspects of martial arts practice including cultivating ki; seme, or capturing your opponent's mind; and understanding ma, the spatial relationship in combat. These practices allow martial artists to make techniques more effective, and give them the tools to train for a lifetime and at the very highest level. Tokitsu gives a historical and cultural survey of budo, and explains how and in what ways the Western view of budo training is different than the Japanese-a perspective rarely given to Western martial artists. Although Tokitsu is best known as a karate master, he directs his explanation of budo principles and the importance of ki development to all practitioners of Japanese martial arts, including kendo, judo, and aikido. KI and THE WAY OF THE MARTIAL ARTS offers dedicated martial artists the possibility of finding a deeper, more spiritual dimension in the practice of a physical discipline.

The Art of Aikido

Principles and Essential Techniques

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Author: 植芝吉祥丸

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770029454

Category: Philosophy

Page: 174

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Aikido is now practised in 86 countries. The Aikido ideal of 'polishing one's mind and body to foster a spirit of harmony' has struck a common chord among the peoples of the world. This book was written by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the son of the founder of Aikido. Born into the household of a martial arts genius, Kisshomaru naturally absorbed many teachings from his father, Morihei, as he was growing up. Morihei himself explained Aikido in archaic, esoteric language, and limited his instruction to only a select few, but in order to accomplish the mission of introducing Aikido to

The Way of the Warrior

Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World

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Author: Chris Crudelli

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0756651859

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 360

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Drawing on the vast body of styles practiced around the world, including ancient and obscure styles from every continent on the planet, The Way of the Warrior is an indispensable, one-stop reference work for anyone interested in the martial-arts canon.

The Way of Judo

A Portrait of Jigoro Kano and His Students

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Author: John Stevens

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829010

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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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 saw judo as a vehicle not just for self-defense, but for physical, spiritual, and moral development as well. His teachings clearly emphasize his ideal of judo as a way of self-cultivation that leads to physical health, ethical behavior, and ultimately a better society. Kano was a tireless activist who promoted the practical application of judo’s principles in all realms of life—in one’s personal behavior, for education, in work, for economic benefit, and in both the local and international political arenas. Kano’s students were a colorful, sometimes notorious bunch, and this book reveals how several went on to become famous—or infamous—in their own right. They include a prime minister of Japan, the leader of the Communist party in China, a famous novelist, a spy, high-level military leaders, and a media mogul, among many others.

E-Book Energy Medicine East and West

a natural history of qi

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Author: David F. Mayor,Marc S. Micozzi

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702049239

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 420

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Energy Medicine East and West: A Natural History of Qi provides a unique, comprehensive overview of Qi or bioenergy for students and practitioners of energy medicines, Chinese and Oriental Medicine, and all disciplines of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Mayor and Micozzi start with a comparative historical account of the ancient concepts of Qi and vital energy before covering theories of Qi, a discussion of the organized therapeutic modalities based upon Qi and its applications to specific health and medical conditions. Contributions are included from international experts in the field. The book moves from anatomical and bioenergetic complementarity of Western vital energy and Eastern Qi, through convergence of perspectives and models to demonstrations of how the traditional therapies are being melded together in a new, original and creative synthesis. David Mayor and Marc Micozzi are experienced medical practitioners, authors and editors. David Mayor has been actively involved in bioenergy research, practice and publishing for over 30 years, and is author/editor of Electroacupuncture: A practical manual and resource (2007), as well as other acupuncture texts and studies. Marc Micozzi is Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. As author/editor of Fundamentals of Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 4E (2011), and 25 other books, he has been writing, editing and teaching on bioenergy, Qi and related topics for 20 years. Endorsements "This wonderful book has assembled some 25 authors expressing well a view of qi which entirely does justice to its nature. Meticulously referenced, it is a milestone to set beside Maciocias Foundations of Chinese Medicine and Deadmans Manual of Acupuncture. Here at last are the beginnings of a true science of qi...There is truly nothing like it in contemporary literature. Alone, it lays the foundation for the beginnings of a modern science of qi."Richard Bertschinger, Acupuncturist and translator, Somerset, UK. "This book offers a timely and thorough examination of the experience and nature of qi, including a series of fascinating philosophical discussions with a direct application to our patients. Required reading for acupuncture practitioners seeking to justify and clarify their clinical reasoning."Val Hopwood PhD FCSP, Physiotherapist, acupuncturist, researcher and educator; Course director, MSc Acupuncture, Coventry University, UK. "Over the last decade most books on Asian medicine paid tribute to the aura of evidence-based medicine – experience counted little, RCTs were convincing. This book, at last, returns to an old tradition of debate, opening up quite a few new horizons. Reading it, my striving for knowledge was married with enjoyment and happiness. This book made me happy!" Thomas Ots MD PhD, Medical acupuncturist specialising in psychiatry, Graz, Austria; Editor-in-Chief, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur. "To simply review the chapter headings is to know the truly remarkable expanse of this book...a wonderful bridge between the mysteries of the East and the sciences of the West...well documented, well written, and enlarging both. Enlightening...nicely depicts outstanding advances in energy psychotherapeutics, thus ultimately helping to move forward the human condition."Maurie D Pressman MD, Emeritus Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; Emeritus Chairman of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia PA; past President, International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, Lafayette, CO, USA.

The Way of Aikido

Life Lessons from an American Sensei

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Author: George Leonard

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440621598

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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“This book is a warmhearted handshake, a graceful and practical invitation to enter and blend with the ahhh of the world. It is as natural and wise an introduction to the spirit of the martial arts as you can find on paper.”—Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of A Path with Heart In his bestselling Mastery, renowned spiritual and martial arts teacher George Leonard taught hundreds of thousands of people how to use Zen philosophy to reach mastery in any field. Now, he brings together his extraordinary knowledge and experience into a book that translates the principles of aikido directly into our everyday lives. Aikido is more philosophy and meditation than a technique or a series of purely physical maneuvers. Leonard shares the secrets of this remarkable Eastern philosophy, which is the basis for the most radical and demanding of all martial arts. Through mind-body exercises inspired by aikido yet designed for non-practitioners, he demonstrates the fundamental understanding behind aikido and shows how it can be applied to help set us on the path to composure, self-sufficiency, and spiritual centeredness. Combining illuminating personal anecdotes with practical advice, this award-winning author describes the ways in which aikido can help turn life’s unanticipated blows into gifts and transform discord into harmony, anxiety and pain into vital energy. Exhilarating, enlightening, and filled with unique wisdom, The Way of Aikido is an inspiring lesson in balance, confidence, and power. “The Way of Aikido does no less than open the door to the universe and invite you through to become one with it, to become balanced, powerful, energetic, alert, and present.”—Susan Trott, author of The Holy Man and Crane Spreads Wings

Eye of the Lotus

Psychology of the Chakras

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Author: Richard Jelusich

Publisher: Lotus Press

ISBN: 0940985764

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 416

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A clear and comprehensive guide to the psychology of the chakras that is filled with practical techniques that anyone can apply in daily life.

Legends of the Martial Arts Masters

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Author: Susan Lynn Peterson

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462903533

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 120

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Whether you're an inspiring black belt or just a fan of martial arts action, you'll enjoy this collection of twenty exciting stories about the great heroes of the martial arts. The stories include dramatic victories, wily strategies, and triumphs over long odds—from the great Tsukahara Bokuden's cunning defeat of a troublemaking samurai to Wing Chun's brave self–defense against a brutish warlord. Children can read about Robert Trias, known as the "father of American karate" and Miyamoto Musashi, known as the "greatest sword fighter in history" and the author of the bestselling Book of Five Rings. Filled with action and amazing feats of martial arts wizardry, Legends of the Martial Arts Masters will inspire readers with stories of courage, combat, and self-discovery. Stories include: The General Fights a Bull The Great Wave The Hard Way to Find a Teacher The Three Sons The Style of No Sword A Bully Changes His Ways The Ballad of Mu-lan Twelve Warriors of Burma Wing Chun The Eighteen Hands And many more…

The Way of Aiki

A Path of Unity, Confluence and Harmony

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Author: Jose Carlos Escobar

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1425171966

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 264

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This book presents Aikido in plain English, clarifying its most important concepts, and helping you understand it and the meaning of its practice.

One Arrow, One Life

Zen, Archery, Enlightenment

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Author: Kenneth Kushner

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 146290064X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

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One Arrow, One Life is a classic treatise on kyudo, the art of traditional Japanese archery, and its relation to the ideals and practice of Zen Buddhism. With a solid introduction to the form and practice of Zen meditation, as well as a thorough description of the Eight Stages of Kyudo, One Arrow, One Life captures the subtleties of the complementary nature of thought and action, movement and stillness. Demonstrating the importance of bringing movement, posture and breathing into harmony, One Arrow, One Life interweaves Zen philosophy with daily experience and techniques, teachers, and the dojo, to give a name and face to kyudo. Beginning with its discussion of the breathing, posture, and concentration that is fundamental to both disciplines, then quickly moving on to the subtleties of advanced practice, author, Ken Kushner ties everything together into a personal testimony of the pervasiveness of Zen in everyday life. Illustrator, Jackson Morisawa's line drawings bring the art of kyudo to life. For those interested in Zen and moving meditation, kyudo practitioners of all levels, as well as students of the Way of martial arts, this volume is an indispensable guidebook.