The Warrior Is Silent: Martial Arts and the Spiritual Path

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A master illuminates the spiritual foundations of martial artspractice in this fully illustrated guide.

• Presents an overview of the spiritual foundations of the martial arts.

• Takes the reader through a well-illustrated series of self-defense techniques  that utilize Ki energy.

• An essential guide for anyone interested in a spiritually-centered martial arts practice.

The Warrior Is Silent presents an overview of the spiritual foundations of martial arts practice in the ...

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Overview

A master illuminates the spiritual foundations of martial artspractice in this fully illustrated guide.

• Presents an overview of the spiritual foundations of the martial arts.

• Takes the reader through a well-illustrated series of self-defense techniques  that utilize Ki energy.

• An essential guide for anyone interested in a spiritually-centered martial arts practice.

The Warrior Is Silent presents an overview of the spiritual foundations of martial arts practice in the East and its intimate connection with the perfection of the art itself. In addition, the author, an accomplished martial artist, takes the reader through a well-illustrated series of self-defense techniques that utilize Ki energy. Establishing a balance between the spiritual and physical aspects of the martial arts, The Warrior Is Silent is an essential guide for anyone interested in a spiritually-centered martial arts practice. 

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Editorial Reviews

<i>Publishers Weekly</i>
"Shaw's manual is an easy-to-read introduction to recognizing and developing the spiritual depth of the martial arts."
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"Shaw's manual is an easy-to-read introduction to recognizing and developing the spiritual depth of the martial arts."
From the Publisher

"Shaw's manual is an easy-to-read introduction to recognizing and developing the spiritual depth of the martial arts."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shaw, the only American ever to be promoted to the rank of Black Belt in the Korean martial art of Hapkido by the Korea Hapkido Foundation, explores the spiritual discipline that is the foundation of martial arts practice. Shaw contends that martial arts is a method of "understanding and interacting with the unceasing energy of the universe, known as ki." Through a series of stages of meditation and practice, the martial artist is able to attain oneness with ki as well as to attain the status of an enlightened being who is "at war with no one." Shaw traces the historical development of the martial arts through their various incarnations in Japan, China and Korea. His historical scheme is especially valuable for its examination of the intersection of spiritual and martial arts disciplines in ancient China, Japan and Korea. Shaw then recommends practices that will help martial artists develop a mind awakened to the interaction of the physical and non-physical worlds, as well as techniques of meditation that enable the martial artist to understand ki and form a "conscious link between mind, body, and the spiritual energy of the universe." Shaw also includes techniques for refining the physical disciplines of the martial arts. Accompanying illustrations depict the various spiritual and physical techniques that Shaw recommends. Shaw's manual is an easy-to-read introduction to recognizing and developing the spiritual depth of the martial arts. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892816682
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Shaw is a regular contributor to national martial art magazines and has a Ph.D. in Asian studies. He is the only non-Korean ever to be promoted to the rank of Seventh Degree Black Belt in Hapkido by the Korea Hapkido Federation. He is the author of Hapkido: The Korean Art of Self Defense and The Ki Process: Korean Secrets for Cultivating Dynamic Energy. He lives and teaches in Redondo Beach, California.

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Table of Contents


Introduction

1. The Historical Foundations of the Martial Arts
2. The Mind of the Spiritual Warrior
3. The Meditation of the Spiritual Warrior
4. Ki: Internal and External Power
5. Refining the Physical Disciplines

Afterword

Bibliography

Index

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