Secret Tactics: Lessons From the Great Masters of Martial Arts [NOOK Book]

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In the tradition of The Martial Artist's Book of Five Rings, one of America's most experienced teachers of karate offers new interpretations of fundamental martial arts texts. The book includes new translations of essays on leadership, correct behavior, character, and values. "Hereditary Manual of Fighting Techniques" by Yagyu Tajimanokami Munenori explores the relationship between Zen philosophy and warfare and the mental preparation for successful fighting. In "The Ultimate Sword," Takuan Soho describes the ...
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Secret Tactics: Lessons From the Great Masters of Martial Arts

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Overview

In the tradition of The Martial Artist's Book of Five Rings, one of America's most experienced teachers of karate offers new interpretations of fundamental martial arts texts. The book includes new translations of essays on leadership, correct behavior, character, and values. "Hereditary Manual of Fighting Techniques" by Yagyu Tajimanokami Munenori explores the relationship between Zen philosophy and warfare and the mental preparation for successful fighting. In "The Ultimate Sword," Takuan Soho describes the unremitting effort that must be undertaken to become a true master of strategy. He uses key aspects of sword-fighting strategy to shed light on the path to self-realization in "The Miracle of Immovable Wisdom." Kotoda Yahei Toshisada emphasizes the importance of training and learning techniques over theory in 'Technical Study of Kenpo." In "The School of Two Heavens," Musashi Miyamoto applies the principles of sword fighting to military arts and politics. Mastuura Saizan focuses on strengthening the weak points of the human mind, and exploiting the natural movements of the human body, in "Jyoseihi Kendan." And "Tengu's Dialogue on the Martial Arts" by Issai Chosanshi is a manual for students of the martial arts, presented in the form of a dialogue with a master.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462900695
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,083,240
  • File size: 3 MB

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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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