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The Spirit of Budo by Trevor Leggett
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The Spirit of Budo

by Trevor Leggett

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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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from dust jacket While much has been written about the physical techniques of martial arts such as judo and kendo, the training of the mind is held to be more important than superior technique. Trevor Leggett, a renowned scholar and an advanced judo practitioner, now presents general readers with a clear introduction to Budo-the 'inner way' of the martial arts, written from within the tradition itself. Including eighteen short pieces similar to the graphic style that characterises Zen instruction, The Spirit of Budo is written with simplicity and humour, but with an underlying discipline and authority derived from a lifetime of spiritual and martial training. Leggett addresses matters including sportsmanship, achieving freedom of mind, training the inner self, developing an inner calm, and the four keys to learning-instruction, observation, inference, and personal experience. The book instructs readers on the cultivation of these Budo qualities and suggests ways in which the lessons learned can be applied to daily life as well as to the practice of the marital arts. Trevor Leggett is the author of Realization of the Supreme Self and translator from the Sanskrit of The Complete Commentary by Sankara on teh Yoga Sutras, both published by Kegan Paul International. In 1984, Trevor Leggett was awarded a high grade of the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure, for services to Japanese and Eastern culture generally. He holds a 6th Dan Senior Teacher's certificate in Judo from the Kodokan, Tokyo. Trevor Leggett has a website, updated monthly, at http://www.leggett.co.uk. Kegan Paul Internationsl's website is at http://www.demon.co.uk/keganpaul
  IrimiNow | Feb 12, 2011 |
Mr. Leggett is of course a renown scholar who had many years of martial arts training. He has writen this book in a a manner which makes the subject simple to absorb with the use of some humor. The book addresses such areas as sportsmanship, achieving freedom of mind, training the inner self, developing Ki and stresses the four keys to learning. This book not only intructs us on these Budo qualities, but suggest ways in which,what we learn, can be applied in our daily lives. ( )
  hermit | Aug 21, 2007 |
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