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Now available again to unfold its lessons of mastery for a new audience, The Way of the Warrior has become a true martial arts classic since its first publication in 1991.

The combat techniques of the martial arts of India and the Far East have origins shrouded in mystery and practices protected by traditions of secrecy. In The Way of the Warrior, the world's great masters, experts dedicated to the purest expression of the martial arts, reveal the principles that inform their ...

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Now available again to unfold its lessons of mastery for a new audience, The Way of the Warrior has become a true martial arts classic since its first publication in 1991.

The combat techniques of the martial arts of India and the Far East have origins shrouded in mystery and practices protected by traditions of secrecy. In The Way of the Warrior, the world's great masters, experts dedicated to the purest expression of the martial arts, reveal the principles that inform their philosophy, training, and technique. The disciplines covered include: from India, Kalaripayit and Mama-Adi (the secret and deadly use of pressure points); from China, Shaolin (better known as Kung Fu), and Tai-chi; from Japan, Bujutsu, Karate, Judo, Aiki-do, Kempo, and Naginata-do (practiced by women).

Richly illustrated in full color and a must-read for any enthusiast, The Way of the Warrior demonstrates the essential paradox of the martial arts—that study of a lethal skill can lead to spiritual enlightenment.

Author Biography: Howard Reid is a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist. He has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and has made many popular and award-winning films about ancient civilizations, religions, and cultures around the world.

Michael Croucher is a television producer who specializes in documentaries and plays. He collaborated with Howard Reid on a series about the martial arts.

The result of extensive traveling, interviewing, and observing the Great Masters of the eight martial arts, this is a fascinating study of the fighting arts.

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This title is an expanded companion volume to a 1983 BBC series on Asian fighting systems. Each chapter includes the history, philosophies, techniques, and masters of such disciplines as Kalaripayit of India, Shaolin, and T'ai-chi ch'uan of China, sword fighting in Japan, Korean Karate, Thai kick-boxing, eskrido (stick fighting) in the Philippines, and more. While the punches and kicks are generously shown in photos and illustrations, more emphasis is placed on the traditions and spiritual growth of each style. This isn't a self-defense book or one with tips on improving katas (forms), but a serious student will find it fascinating. Recommended for larger collections.-- J. Sara Paulk, Concord P.L., N.H.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585675135
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/27/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Reid has made award-winning documentaries for National Geographic, the BBC, and Channel 4, including The Story of English. He is the author of five books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    Great Martial Arts History in 223 Pages

    Although ¿The Way of the Warrior: The Paradox of the Martial Arts¿ was first published in 1987, it continues to be an important contribution to the martial arts and vital reading for all serious practitioners of the fighting arts. It belongs on the shelf with the best of the best of martial art books. Historical information on the origin of martial arts is all too scarce and suspect, but the authors succeed in shedding light onto this elusive subject. Howard Reid and Michael Croucher committed themselves to exhaustive research and extensive travels in order to observe and interview both students and masters of numerous martial arts systems. They provide readers with valuable insights into the origin of martial arts and where these arts stand at the present time. It is to their credit that they were able to accomplish this task and present the reader with a wealth of knowledge all condensed into a mere 223, very readable, pages. Their writing is clear and intelligent and follows the historical timeline of the oriental fighting arts, such as the ancient art of Kalaripayit, Shaolin Temple boxing, kung fu, karate, Jujutsu/Jujitsu, Filipino arts and the many forms that derived from them. The authors also cover some of the weapons used in the fighting arts, especially the cultural significance and utility of the Japanese samurai. They write of the importance of Buddhism, philosophy, meditation, kata (formal exercise), tradition, culture and much, much more. The book is well-presented and profusely illustrated with drawings, paintings, and photographs. ¿The Way of the Warrior: The Paradox of the Martial Arts¿ can also serve as a reference book. ¿The Way of the Warrior: The Paradox of the Martial Arts¿ is not a how-to book of self-defense. The reader will not acquire fighting skills by reading it its goal is to pass on to the reader a firm understanding of the basic history of the numerous Asian martial arts, their founders, masters, philosophies, their gradual evolution, and where they stand in today¿s world. Buy it, read it, and keep it for the future.

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