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Posted March 25, 2006
Love it or hate it, you have to accept the extensive research and overall comprehension Rosenbaum brings to the study of martial arts. He traces the martial spirit back to it's roots and explains the difference between, and evolution of, styles. His work is non-judgemental, working on the premise that if you study an art you should have a clear understanding of why you are doing so - for sport, combat, fitness, spirituality, etc. The book seems to be composed for people already familiar with martial arts, but his writing is clear enough for a beginner. Don't mistake an easy read for shallowness. You may zip through the book, but every page carries weight. I enjoyed the chapter notes at the back for their comments that didn't waste page space in the chapters. Also, you might like to know he quotes Lt. Col. Grossman quite often.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.