On the Warrior's Path, Second Edition

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The urge to forge one’s character by fighting, in daily life as well as on the mat, appeals to something deep within us. More than a collection of fighting techniques, martial arts constitute a path to developing body, spirit, and awareness. On the Warrior’s Path connects the martial arts with this larger perspective, merging subtle philosophies with no-holds-barred competition, Nietzsche with Bruce Lee, radical Taoism and Buddhism with the Star Wars Trilogy, traditional martial arts with basketball and American ...
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On the Warrior's Path, Second Edition: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology

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Overview

The urge to forge one’s character by fighting, in daily life as well as on the mat, appeals to something deep within us. More than a collection of fighting techniques, martial arts constitute a path to developing body, spirit, and awareness. On the Warrior’s Path connects the martial arts with this larger perspective, merging subtle philosophies with no-holds-barred competition, Nietzsche with Bruce Lee, radical Taoism and Buddhism with the Star Wars Trilogy, traditional martial arts with basketball and American Indian culture. At the center of all these phenomena is the warrior. Though this archetype seems to manifest contradictory values, author Daniele Bolelli describes the heart of this tension: how the training of martial technique leads to a renunciation of violence, and how overcoming fear leads to a unique freedom. Aimed at students at any level or tradition of martial arts but also accessible to the armchair warrior, On the Warrior’s Path brings fresh insights to why martial arts remains an enduring and widespread art and discipline. Two new chapters in this second edition focus on spirituality in the martial arts and the author’s personal journey in the field.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Bolelli’s humorous and at the same time profound prose makes On the Warrior’s Path one of those very rare books about martial arts that is masterfully written ... this is one of the most original books about martial arts published in the last decade.”
Journal of Asian Martial Arts

“Daniele Bolelli has written both a poetic and pragmatic vision of what the martial arts can be.”
—Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D., author of In Search of the Warrior Spirit

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583942192
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 498,483
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniele Bolelli teaches at California State Long Beach, Santa Monica College, and UCLA. A regular contributor to martial arts magazines, he holds a 4th-degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo and is a practitioner of hsing-I, pa-kua, and tai chi chuan, and mixed martial arts. He lives in Long Beach, CA.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
The Body as a Temple     9
More Than Martial, More Than Art: Martial Arts and the Alteration of Consciousness     23
In the Company of a Nomadic Samurai and a Chinese Poet Warrior: The Strategies of Martial Arts Applied to Everyday Life     33
The Princess and the Warrior, the Yin and the Yang: The Feminine in the Martial Arts     47
The Warrior's Rites     59
In the Dojo     60
When I Remember Who I Am, Nothing Is a Problem: The Practice     61
The Master     64
The Weapons     66
Kata and Forms     69
Styles (Part One)     71
Styles (Part Two)     73
Martial Arts, Media, and Myth     75
Six Warrior Archetypes     87
The Samurai     88
The Ninja     91
The Searchers     93
The Hermit     94
The Ronin     95
The Tribal Warrior     97
The Warrior As Bodhisattva     101
Making Order Out of Chaos: A Typology of Martial Arts Styles     115
Introduction     117
The Model     118
Performance Arts     119
Internal Arts     121
WeaponArts     124
Self-Defense Arts     127
Combat Sports     130
Grappling     131
Striking     134
Combined Combat Sports     137
Conclusion     137
Finding the Buddha in a Cage: The Difficult Marriage Between Martial Arts Philosophy and No-Holds-Barred Competition     141
Epistemological Anarchism: The Philosophy of Jeet Kune do     153
Introduction     154
Not New, Yet New     157
The Break with Chinese Tradition     159
If You Meet the Buddha, Kill Him: JKD's Allergy for Authority     163
Martial Arts Styles as Ideological Prisons: Freedom from Belonging     166
Using No Way as the Way: Lee's Epistemological Anarchism     171
Simplicity     176
Philosophy Goes to the Movies (And Spills Popcorn All Over Itself)     177
Jeet Kune Do as the Archetypal Martial Art of the 1960s     181
Sacred and Profane: Combat Sports As Athletic Philosophy     185
On Failed Friendships, Martial Arts, Nietzsche, and Self-Perfection     201
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    Must buy

    One of my favorite books, its a must have for your philosophy collection or if your a martial arts enthusiast.

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