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Posted May 17, 2004
<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>Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.