Musings of a Budo Bum

Musings of a Budo Bum

by Peter Boylan


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"The techniques are really a vessel for carrying all the things that are budo..."

Most books about martial arts (budo) focus on techniques, although some tell the history, and a few wax philosophical. It is rare indeed to discover a book that so fluently combines all this within the broader context of culture and lifestyle, and does so in such a humble, engaging, and accessible way. "Budo Bum Anthology" is a book that answers not so much "how" or "what" as it does "why?" Why call budo teachers "sensei"? Why do we bow? Why kata? Why keep training?

Peter Boylan, aka the Budo Bum, has achieved high rank in several martial arts — judo, iaido, jodo, and more—spending decades immersed within budo, straddling the worlds and cultures of Japan and America, and translating between them. In these essays, the reader is invited to walk alongside a quiet man who thinks deeply about the worlds in which budo was created and is practiced, and who brings the meaning of "all the things that are budo" into our daily lives.


Getting Started
Do you have to study in Japan to understand budo?
Etiquette: Form and sincerity in budo
Sensei, Kyoshi, Hanshi, and Shihan: budo titles and how (not) to use them
Different ranks in martial arts?
Do versus Jutsu (???)
What kata isn’t
Trust in the dojo
Training, motivation, and counting training time in decades instead of years
The most effective martial art
The dojo as the world: learning to deal with violence and power
Budo and responsibility
Investing in failure
The spirit of learning
Training hard and training well are not the same thing
When it comes to training, fast is slow and slow is fast
Getting out of the comfort zone
There are no advanced techniques
The most essential principles in budo: Structure
The most essential principles in budo: Spacing
The most essential principles in budo: Timing
The only things I teach are how to walk and how to breathe
Budo expectations and realities: understanding the limits of what we study
Will budo training make me a better person?
Budo as a “professional skill” and professionalism in budo
Budo training and budo philosophy
How to adapt an art form to fit you
Is kata too rigid and mechanical?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483598680
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Peter has been studying Japanese martial arts for over thirty years. He started with Kodokan Judo while in college and added iaido and jodo after moving to Japan, where he lived and studied for nearly seven years. Currently, he is a fifth dan in All Japan Kendo Federation iaido, fifth dan in All Japan Kendo Federation jodo, third dan in Kodokan Judo, and holds a Shomokuroku in Shinto Muso Ryu and a Jun Shihan certificate in Shinto Hatakage Ryu.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Getting Started 4

Do You Have to Study in Japan to Understand Budo? 5

Etiquette: Form and Sincerity in Budo 13

Sensei, Kyoshi, Hanshi, And Shihan: Budo Titles and How (Not) to Use them 19

Different Ranks in Martial Arts? 23

Zanshin 29

Budo 34

Do Versus Jutsu ($$$) 35

What Kata Isn't 38

Trust in the Dojo 42

Training 47

Training, Motivation, and Counting Training Time in Decades Instead of Years 48

The Most Effective Martial Art 53

The Dojo as the World: Learning to Deal with Violence and Power 59

Budo and Responsibility 65

Investing in Failure 69

The Spirit of Learning 72

Training Hard and Training Well are not the Same Thing 77

When it Comes to Training, Fast is Slow and Slow is Fast 83

Getting Out of the Comfort Zone 89

There are No Advanced Techniques 95

Essentials 99

The Most Essential Principles in Budo: Structure 101

The Most Essential Principles in Budo: Spacing 108

The Most Essential Principles in Budo: Timing 112

Philosophy 117

The Only things I teach are How to Walk and How to Breathe 118

Budo Expectations and Realities: Understanding the Limits of What We Study 123

Will Budo Training Make Me a Better Person? 127

Budo as a "Professional Skill" and Professionalism in Budo 132

Budo Training and Budo Philosophy 136

How to Adapt an Art Form to Fit You 141

Is Kata Too Rigid and Mechanical? 149

About Peter Boylan 155

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