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Budo Mind and Body: Training Secrets of the Japanese Martial Arts

by Nicklaus Suino

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Budo Mind and Body is an excellent book for all practitioners of martial arts, especially those who seek to go beyond just the physical skills to a life-long study of the philosophy of budo. Based on his own training and wide reading, Suino has distilled the essence of what he describes as necessary for the proper study of budo. Be warned: he does not offer an easy or short road: real commitment is physically and mentally demanding. Suino lays out the key elements of both, including some of the pitfalls that await. The benefits, however, can be felt not just within the martial art itself, but also in one's broader approach to life.
I particularly liked Suino's criticism of those who are more talk than action in teaching or studying martial arts, and those who are focused more on badges and belts than truly studying the art in all respects. His message is not an easy one for a society focused on quick gratification, self-importance and short attention spans. In addition to the life-long commitment, his call is essentially one of modesty in all aspects: deference for teachers in learning and developing techniques over a period of time, concern for fellow students, modesty in behaviour in the dojo, understanding that learning can evolve and shift its focus but that it has no end point, and modesty in realizing that one is part of, and building upon, very ancient traditions.

Appendices include capsule summaries of the key martial arts and a useful bibliography for further reading.

This is a book to be re-read and contemplated.
  John | Apr 15, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0834805685, Hardcover)

Budo, or traditional Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation, is about more than learning how to fight; true budo is a way of seeking and grasping meaning in life. Traditional Japanese martial arts have close ties to Zen Buddhism, and students of such arts as iaido, kendo, aikido, judo, kyudo, and karate-do are required to work tirelessly to refine body, mind, and spirit.

Here, Nicklaus Suino, one of the leading iaido teachers in North America, gives expert advice on how to get the most from training in traditional Japanese martial arts. He reveals the essential components of budo training, including: how to determine the principles behind techniques how to develop physical strength, technical strength, and strength of character how to discipline your mind to really focus and be in the present moment Originally published as Arts of Strength, Arts of Serenity, this revised and updated edition gives advice on training and etiquette that will be indispensable to beginning students, and a potent reminder to more seasoned practitioners. Advanced students will particularly appreciate Suino's explanation of budo philosophy.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:17 -0400)

Budo, or the practice of traditional Japanese martial arts for self-cultivation, is about more than learning how to fight. Real budo is a way of seeking and grasping meaning in life. Nicklaus Suino, one of the foremost martial arts teachers in North America, reveals the nuts and bolts of budo training including: How to develop technical skills, how to determine the principles behind techniques, how to develop physical strength, technical strength, and strength of character, and how to discipline your mind to really focus and be in the present moment. In the appendices, the author includes a survey of Japanese martial arts, the eight essential texts on budo, and an annotated bibliography.… (more)

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