Martial Virtues: Lessons in Wisdom, Courage, and Compassion from the World's Greatest Warriors

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Martial Virtues explores the role of martial arts in character development. It focuses on the spiritual aspects of martial arts training, attempting to answer the question of what it means to be a good warrior.

In this ground-breaking analysis, Charles Hackney draws from the psychological literature on the development of positive character traits and from the lives and experiences of admirable warriors of fact and fiction. He analyzes how the ...

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Overview

Martial Virtues explores the role of martial arts in character development. It focuses on the spiritual aspects of martial arts training, attempting to answer the question of what it means to be a good warrior.

In this ground-breaking analysis, Charles Hackney draws from the psychological literature on the development of positive character traits and from the lives and experiences of admirable warriors of fact and fiction. He analyzes how the virtues of ancient and modern warriors can be developed by practicing the martial arts.

Using examples from the ancient Greeks to the samurai practitioners of Bushido, from Confucius to Bruce Lee. Martial Virtues scrutinizes such qualities as courage, wisdom, justice and benevolence in turn, employing the lessons of modern psychology to understand how these virtues can be cultivated within ourselves and others. You will learn what Bruce Lee and Sun Tzu have to say about wisdom, what Miyamoto Musashi has to say about audacity and courage, and what Yagyu Munenori has to say about justice. You'll also learn the stories of many other great warriors including: Aeneas and Hector of Troy; Kuo Chieh, the Chinese Robin Hood; the 47 Ronin of Japan; Toshitsugu Takamatsu and more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804840231
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/10/2010
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 792,089
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Hackney, Ph.D. has been a student of the martial arts since 1995, with a background that includes Hapkido, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and Fiore dei Liberi Armizare. He has a doctorate in psychology and is currently a psychology professor at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Martial Arts and the Character of the Warrior 9

Chapter 2 Virtue Ethics, Positive Psychology, and the Martial Arts 16

The Fall and Rise of Virtue Ethics 16

Alasdair Macintyre: Virtue Ethicist 21

Reviving Aristotle 21

Where Do the Martial Arts Fit Within Macintyre's Approach? 24

The Virtues in Positive Psychologyv26

Psychology and the Martial Arts 27

Chapter 3 Approaches to the Warrior Virtues 30

Western Warriors: Martial Virtues in Greece, Rome, Europe, and America 31

Heroic Virtues in Homer, Plato, and Virgil 31

Chivalry: Virtues of the Christian Knight 34

Fiore dei Liberi's Bestiary 39

North American Images of the Hero 40

Eastern Warriors: Virtues Within Asian Ethical Thought 42

Confucian Virtues 43

Buddhist Virtues 44

Taoism: Virtues of "the Way" 46

Warrior Virtues in Asian Martial Arts 47

China 47

Korea 50

Bushido in Japan 51

Ninjutsu in Japan 53

Cross-Cultural Warrior Virtues 55

Chapter 4 Courage 59

Defining Courage 61

Varieties of Courage 61

Courage in Interaction With Other Virtues 65

Cultivating Courage in Yourself 68

Early identification of fear 69

Suppression of fear 69

Distraction 70

Humanization of the enemy 70

Identification with a cause 70

Cultivating Courage in Others 76

Idealized influence 76

Inspirational motivation 76

Intellectual stimulation 76

Individualized consideration 77

Conclusion 79

Chapter 5 Justice 80

Defining Justice 81

Varieties of Justice 81

Justice to the Self: Honor and Integrity 90

Justice Beyond the Self: Piety and Loyalty 94

Justice in Interaction With Other Virtues 102

Cultivating Justice in Yourself 103

CultivatingJustice in Others 107

Conclusion 109

Chapter 6 Temperance 110

Defining Temperance 112

Varieties of Temperance 113

Humility 113

Self-Control 116

Temperance in Interaction With Other Virtues 119

Cultivating Temperance in Yourself 120

Fostering Temperance in Others 131

Chapter 7 Wisdom 135

Definitions and Varieties of Wisdom 136

Wisdom in Interaction With Other Virtues 147

Cultivating Wisdom in Yourself 149

Cultivating Wisdom in Others 152

Chapter 8 Benevolence 161

Defining Benevolence 162

Varieties of Benevolence 170

Mercy 170

Compassion 172

Benevolence in Interaction With Other Virtues 173

Cultivating Benevolence in Yourself 177

Cultivating Benevolence in Others 182

Conclusion 183

Chapter 9 Courtesy (Not a Virtue, but Still Vital) 184

Chapter 10 Tying It All Together: What's Your Story? 194

References 201

Index 219

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    SilverdawnxStarlingpeltxBirchfurxWhitepaw: PT 1

    "Wake up!" Silverdawn shook her Apprentice awake. "What is it?" Whitepaw groaned. "Come on." Whitepaw groggily rose, and half-wittedly followed his mentor's silhouette. He slipped behind her out of camp, and finally came to a stretch of the forest a good deal away from the camp. "What is it?" Whotepaw repeated his question from earlier. By now he was conscious and awake. "I've got one more thing to teach you before your assesment in two sunrises," Silverdawn explained. Whitepaw tipped his head. "There's something left for me to learn?" Silverdawn nodded. "Have you ever heard of the term ma<_>ting?" The she-cat asked. Whitepaw nodded, wide-eyed. He coul tell where this was going. "I'm going to show you exactly how to ma<_>te." Silverdawn crouched. "Now you come on top of me." Whitepaw was big in size, bigger than his slender mentor, so his paws would be on the ground. He stood above her, wanting to fill her immediatly, but deciding to wait he instructions. "Good. Now, l think you know to thrust your di<_>ck in my pu<_>ssy- hard." Silverdawn purred, and Whitepaw lined his co<_>ck head up with the very entrance of her pu<_>ssy. Without thinking twice, he shot his hips forwards, filling her with his huge red pr<_>ick. Silverdawn cried out in pain and pleasure, rocking back to meet his th<_>rusts. Whitepaw began hu<_>mping, close to cu<_>mming. But his mentor did first. Whitepaw felt a warm liquid flood his di<_>ck, and spill out. He shot his cu<_>m deep inside of her, a lot spilling out as well. Whitepaw pulled out, and both cats purred. "We should do that again sometime," Silverdawn mrrowed. Whitepaw mewed his agreement. <br>
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    &nbsp; "What as all that l saw?" A dark figure sneered. "Birchfur!" Silverdawn groaned. Her brother's mate, he would tell everybody what he saw. "I will keep quiet on one condition: l get to join in." Birchfur mewed simply. "Deal?" Whitepaw watched his mentor's face, who's steely gaze was locked with Birchfur's. "Deal." <br>
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    &nbsp; "I want to show Whitepaw a thing or two," Birchfur insisted. "Or l'll tell." Silverdawn glanced at Whitepaw, who nodded. Birchfur's expression was smug. "Lie on your back," he ordered Whitepaw, who out of fear obeyed. Birchfur laid on his side, his muzzle just inches apart from Whitepaw's di<_>ck. He flicked his tongue out, causing the Apprentice to gasp in pleasure. Birchfur kept his tongue out, and strocked it up and down the white cat's co<_>ck. He circled his ba<_>lls in turn, gently and barely touching them. Whitepaw cu<_>mmed all over Birchfur's face soon after, causing Birchfur to moan. "Stand up," came the order that Whitepaw eagerly obeyed. "Crouch," Whitepaw, despite his confusion, did so. Birchfur mounted the Apprentice. "Birchfur! You'll hurt him!" Silverdawn cried out. "Shut up or l will make him yowl louder than you when l fu<_>ck your brains out," the brown tom hissed. He rubbed his pulsing di<_>ck along Whitepaw's as<_>sshole, until he finally shot through. Whitepaw cried out in pain, but not for long. Soon, he was mewling in pleasure. Birchfur rocked his hips, hu<_>mping wildly. Soon, Whitepaw had cu<_>mmed all over the ground. Birchfur shot his cu<_>m in Whitepaw's as<_>s, causing the Apprentice to yowl in pleasure. "I love your di<_>ck!" He gasped as Birchfur kept hu<_>mping, even after cu<_>mming. "It hurt at first but now feels so good!" Finally, Birchfur pulled out. He turned to Silverdawn. "Your turn." <br>
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    [JJ here! Pt 2 coming soon. Finally posted this!]

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Martial Virtues by Charles Hackney

    This is a excellent book and I would make it required reading for every martial artist, Brown Belt and above. If you are a martial artist of any discipline this should be on your bookself, right next to Kishido by Robert Hobart. This explores the nature of what it is to be a "Warrior". To be a soilder is a vocation, to be a warrior is a way of life. This book helps make that plain.

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