Book Review on The Warrior’s Path: Contemporary Martial Arts Masters

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The Warrior’s Path: Wisdom from Contemporary Martial Arts Masters by James Sidney: What the Blurb says

“Budo is religion. It’s not something you dilly-dally with, practice, and go home. It’s part of your life. All martial arts should become that way, part of your life.”—Pat Yoshitsugu Murosako, from The Warrior’s Path. The Warrior’s Path presents the timeless wisdom of contemporary martial arts masters of the Japanese martial arts—men and women who brought martial arts into the modern era and whose lives have been defined by their devotion to training. Here they share their personal stories, offer perspectives on what martial arts study can offer people today, reflect on the role of formal competition, and describe what it’s like to train as one grows older. The masters featured here began their training in the early twentieth century—a seminal time in the history of Japanese martial arts. They studied with some of the pioneers of judo, karate, aikido, iaido, kendo, and naginata—masters who emphasized that these battlefield arts were best understood and practiced as budo, or martial arts for self-development. These engaging stories, accompanied by the author’s striking photographs, make this book essential reading for students and teachers of martial arts.

The Warrior’s Path: Wisdom from Contemporary Martial Arts Masters by James Sidney: What Enso Martial Arts says.

This is collection of short interviews or stories from masters of Japanese contemporary Martial Arts masters. Mainly talking about their lives and their training.

Previous reviews on this book very quite harsh, so I wasn’t holding out much hope when I picked it up. The instructor give little insight into any philosophy of martial arts and there seem to be some common themes among all of them. There is a lot of talk about ‘how things aren’t what they used to be’. I also have found similar things said from my own time in the martial arts from my own teachers and my teacher’s teachers. Maybe it is just a perception that the early training you did was way harder than you how you train now. Which makes sense as you can’t put in the same intensity in as you get older. It’d be interesting to put some of them into a Olympic Judo club, MMA fight team or Olympic Taekwondo squad, as all of these top competitors train like crazy up to 6 hours a day and are probably the best the has ever been in terms of fitness, strength and speed.

Still saying that we must all be mindful from the contemporary martial arts masters lessons and maybe it’s better to not read this book in one go, but read one entry per month and think about their words for a while before moving on.

Average book, hence why we have offered it at such a good rate for the month of December.