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

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by Charles Hackney
     
 

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This martial arts books explores the role of martial philosophy and history in personal character development.

These are a few of the virtues of the ideal warrior or martial artist. But from whence do these virtues arise? Are they inherent, or can they be cultivated and taught? If so, how?

Martial Virtues explores the role of martial arts in

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This martial arts books explores the role of martial philosophy and history in personal character development.

These are a few of the virtues of the ideal warrior or martial artist. But from whence do these virtues arise? Are they inherent, or can they be cultivated and taught? If so, how?

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 will also learn the stories of many of the greatest warriors of fact and fiction, including Aeneas and Hector of Troy; William the Marshal, called the greatest knight who ever lived; Kuo Chieh, the Chinese Robin Hood; the famous Shaolin master Tid Kiu Sam; the 300 Spartans that turned aside a Persian Army at Thermopylae; the 47 Ronin of Japan who revenged the unjust punishment of their master; Korean General Kim Yu-shin, and Toshitsugu Takamatsu, 33rd Grandmaster of Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804840231
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
01/10/2010
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
223
Sales rank:
742,362
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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OkumaJK More than 1 year ago
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.