The Way of the River: Adventures and Meditations of a Woman Martial Artist

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The Way of the River is an illuminating, autobiographical exploration of the physical, mental, and spiritual lessons of the martial arts. In these beautifully written essays, BK Loren shares stories from her lifelong passion, illustrating how this centuries-old art has shaped her - and revealing the wisdom it offers for our lives today. To each personal story BK Loren brings thoughts on nature, culture, women's roles, and class in America. The Way of the River transcends self-defense - as Loren shows, martial ...
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Overview

The Way of the River is an illuminating, autobiographical exploration of the physical, mental, and spiritual lessons of the martial arts. In these beautifully written essays, BK Loren shares stories from her lifelong passion, illustrating how this centuries-old art has shaped her - and revealing the wisdom it offers for our lives today. To each personal story BK Loren brings thoughts on nature, culture, women's roles, and class in America. The Way of the River transcends self-defense - as Loren shows, martial arts are ultimately about bringing body and mind into balance, allowing one to deal with life's obstacles with calmness and clarity. (5 3/4 x 8 1/2, 228 pages)
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Loren, a student and practitioner of various martial arts for 25 years, writes of her studies and some of her adventures. She introduces her first teacher, Sifu Liu, and his elliptical way of teaching Qigong and Gong Fu. She then tells of the Colorado-based Jack, who used fear to motivate his students to practice; of immersing herself so deeply in practice that a mule deer doe began to communicate with her in sounds that few humans hear; of confrontations with males who underestimated her because she is a woman; and of her experiences teaching women self-defense. Loren is best at relating her stories and inspiring women to be strong, but she does not teach any practical techniques of martial arts. Readers looking for the "chi" in her memoir may thus be disappointed. Still, the only comparable book available is Stephanie T. Hoppe's Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror: Martial Arts in Women's Lives (Inner Traditions, 1998). For larger public libraries and women's studies collections. Katharine L. Kan, Allen Cty. P.L., Fort Wayne, IN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Adult/High School-Lyrical and riveting, this series of essays melds the American "gung ho" spirit with the poetry of Asian martial arts like Shao-Lin gong fu, qigong, and others. A child of the '60s in California, Loren donned boxing gloves at age 11 to learn to fight in a neighborhood match. Soon after she observed Shao-Lin master Sifu Liu performing intricate dance steps in his garage. She was hooked and began her training with him shortly thereafter. By the time she was 13, she was able to flatten a gang of teenage boys attempting to molest her and her friends. Her experiences with men during her teen years are often tainted-her close friend is sexually abused by her father, and her new martial-arts master trains her so violently that she suffers a concussion. Simply, and with wonderfully poetic descriptions, Loren draws the picture of her life and the influence of martial arts on shaping the woman she has become. She learns to appreciate the stillness and completeness she feels when her qi, a life force for which there is no adequate word in English, is in balance with her environment. This is a wonderful book by a woman who jumps out of the bounds of society's expectations.-Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585743018
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1901
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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