Secret Tactics: Lessons from the Great Masters of Martial Arts

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This invaluable handbook presents ancient wisdom for contemporary readers—with brilliant new interpretations of fundamental works of strategy and tactics by the martial arts masters. It distills the important teachings on leadership, character and values found in those books.

For example, "The Hereditary Manual of Fighting Techniques" by Yagyu Tajimanokami Munenori demonstrates the relationship between Zen philosophy and warfare—and the mental toughness needed to succeed in any ...

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Overview

This invaluable handbook presents ancient wisdom for contemporary readers—with brilliant new interpretations of fundamental works of strategy and tactics by the martial arts masters. It distills the important teachings on leadership, character and values found in those books.

For example, "The Hereditary Manual of Fighting Techniques" by Yagyu Tajimanokami Munenori demonstrates the relationship between Zen philosophy and warfare—and the mental toughness needed to succeed in any endeavor. Writings by Takuan Soho describe the unremitting effort needed to become a true master and shed light on the all-important path to self-realization and self-awareness. In "The School of Two Heavens," the famous writer Musashi Miyamoto shows how principles of samurai sword fighting may be applied to military (strategy) tactics, business or politics. Other writers like Mastuura Saizan describe how to overcome the weaknesses inherent in the human mind and how to develop the natural strength of the human body. "Tengu's Dialogue on the Martial Arts" by Issai Chosanshi meanwhile is an invaluable set of teachings presented in the form of a dialogue with a master.

These and a dozen other essays on strategy, combat tactics, psychology, leadership, good character, and the exercise of power, make Secret Tactics an indispensable resource for students of Asian culture, martial artists, and corporate executives.

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"The knowledge inherited from the long history of Asia is compiled in this book as a collection of thoughts. This is an extremely unique book in that it expresses the form and shape of the fighting psyche and spirit through martial arts. I have never before encountered such a finely distilled book. While perusing this book, I felt I could almost touch the core of life."&#8212Keiichi Hasumi, VP and General Secretary, Japan Karatedo Federation

"The 160 pages of this book published by Tuttle Publishing contain a lot of sound advice and wisdom."Herald-Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804834889
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 476,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kazumi Tabata is a Grandmaster (8th degree black belt) in the Shotokan style of Japanese karate. He established and is the Chief Instructor of the North American Karate Federation and the New England Collegiate Karate Conference. He has trained karate clubs in Europe, Africa, and Bermuda.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Secret!

    Difficult! Important to practitioners but . . . difficult!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2004

    Excellent Summary Text

    <p>The book includes excerpts from an eclectic selection of classical martial arts texts. This is an excellent text for martial arts students beginning to explore the relationship between Zen and the martial arts. The selected passages give a thorough overview of the subject that invites the student to pursue the subject further by going to the complete works. Even experienced martial artists will likely find a new author to investigate.</P> <P>I would like to respectfully disagree with Malte Loos. I think this small book with its elegant black with red kanji cover would make an excellent coffee table book for a martial artist. Seeing this on a coffee table would make a strong statement about the owner of the house.</P>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    An extremely important book

    This book is a very deep research text. It comprehensively unites, comments on and extends past writings on martial arts. Beautiful calligraphies notwithstanding, it is not a work for the coffee table. In an attempt to properly understand the content, this reader was slowed down to about three pages a day. In turn, rewards are sweet and plentiful. Master Tabata characterizes clearly how the basic tenets and spiritual practice of martial arts are different from other strands of eastern philosophical and religious traditions. This book will be seminal, as it combines scholarly rigour and original insight to establish martial arts as an independent spiritual system. It traces its roots in India and East Asia but highlights its original contributions over traditional Buddhist or Confuzian beliefs and ideals. It also gives helpful advice on how to beat up your opponent in a match. This book is indispensable for any instructor or serious practitioner of martial arts. It will be the standard reference work for anyone trying to discover the meaning and foundations of martial arts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    Great reading for all, not just martial artists.

    Master Tabata has tapped into ancient resources and coupled them with his life experiences to produce a dynamic book that is inspiring and timeless. The lessons taught in this book will help in training, business, education and life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    Ancient Martial Arts Secrets Tactics revealed

    Sensei Kazumi Tabata has captured, blended & passed on teachings from ancient Asian texts in this book. He has tried to explain, in simple concepts, winning tactics every martial artist needs to have in his repertoire. There are ideas for self development, leadership and cultivating & maintaining a winning attitude not only in martial arts but also in every aspect of life. This book is a must have for any serious martial artist.

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