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  • Series: Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942637763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942637762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although this part included some good observations, it was overdone.
S. Peek
This book is easily one of the greatest books on how to live an honorable warrior's lifestyle in a modern world.
Saint John
This book speaks more to the philosophy of martial arts than how to do it.
Ken Keller

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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on June 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
'Living the Martial Way' is a valuable book that should be read by serious martial artists.

The author explores a wide range of issues including the mental/'spiritual' aspects, history, philosophy, strategy/tactics, and many others. This work is particularly valuable to those who do not have the good fortune to have an instructor who is a traditionalist. Those martial artists who have such a teacher have undoubtedly gotten a dose of most of the best of this volume. Those without such a mentor will doubly benefit from Morgan's instruction.

Here is the breakdown of this book as I see it:

The Good

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1. Lots of interesting history.

2. Excellent material on the ethical principles, loyalty, honor, etc.

3. Philosophical roots of the martial arts.

4. The benefits of training, particularly as it applies to seeking ecellence in other areas of one's life.

5. A good section on strategy and tactics.

6. Excellent commentary on internal vs. external motivations.

7. A good response to religious based objections to martial arts training.

The Not So Good

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1. Too much discussion of 'face' including some rationalization for inappropriate responses to a loss of face.

2. Some discussion of revenge and suicide that should have been treated strictly as historical instead of some weak justification of these as applied to the modern world.

3. The author is rather elitist in his view of warriors being superior to pretty much everyone else on the planet. Although this part included some good observations, it was overdone.

Overall, I would recommend this book for any martial artist. Additionally, I think that a lot of the information would be interesting and valuable even to non 'warriors'.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on July 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a masterpiece. It is a great guide for the martial artist and fills in many gaps in his or her training. For example, Morgan has a chapter on Honor. He is right when he states that we in the martial arts "world" hear the word "honor" often, but, never have its definition articulated to us. He gives a groundwork of tenets (obligation, justice, and courage)and builds a thesis as to why these tenets are important to martial artist of all belt ranks. Even though I think his tenets are incomplete, but nerveless insightful; it is a great start, and he is the first to forcefully lay down such a well reasoned view in a long time.

The book is full of training ideas and incorporating the martial arts into one's "everyday" life. I often refer to this book when I have not lived up to one of the tenets and strive to be a better martial artist and after reading this book, a better man.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cataldo on November 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a must read book and a book to be owned by anyone who considers themselves a warrior. I require its reading by all of my Black Belts and recommend it to all my students. This book explains in detail the essential elements of a true martial artist/warrior. It is not about the skill of fightinhg, yet more importantly about the moral and ethical obligation to self.
This book should be required reading in all police and military academies. I think, it is one of the five major books regarding the martial arts. The Martial Way is one in which the practitioner can excell in life and the constant pursuit of excellence in all of life.
The mind, body and spirit must be trained as one and function as one in all pursuits. This book will assist one greatly in acheiving the mental balance of the Martial Way.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was surprised at all the reviewers that didn't get it- that this was really a modern version of Hakagure, or how to face life and death. Since we no longer have to face quite the same situations that warriors did before the advent of gunpowder, does that mean we no longer need a guide to living based on these values? Do we toss out all the positive things and focus on being 'modern'? Mr. Morgan doesn't think so, and neither do I. This has nothing to do with war, or fighting, but with your spirit. Today, I think that is more important than all the technology and other advances. Basically, the book should make you want to search for the substance of your life, not the style we seem to mistake for reality these days. I found it very enlightening, and not preachy- just thought provoking. It lead me to search for personal answers and to be serious about my life- after all, I won't get another if this one is wasted! If this is being elitist, or a warmonger, or whatever, then go to the new age candle burning section and summon up all positive vibes. You still don't get it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Cantrill on February 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
The title says it all. Written with authority, this book navigates the modern warrior through the minefield that he will have to walk as a result of being a martial person in a world full of those who are not. The writings help to keep one out of the traps that many of us fall into as a result of not having the mentorship that we truly need. Using his knowledge of primarily eastern warrior traditions such as bushido (Japanese chivalry), Morgan covers all of the issues that warriors grapple with and then gives the answers that true masters have been teaching for over 1000 years. His research is thourough, his writting style formal yet easy to understand. He goes into the social history surrounding the ancient texts refered to (such as "The Book Of Five Rings", "The Art Of War", etc) and in doing so helps the western reader adjust his outlook so that the classic texts are more easily understood and applied. Beyond that, Morgan thoughroughly covers such topics as:

The Warrior Mindset
The Foundations Of Honor (Obligation, justice,
courage, face)
Loyalty
Restraint
Revenge (when is it justified, how to conduct it with
honor)
Fitness
Nutrition and diet
Aerobic capacity and flexability
Religion and Mysticism
etc.

While few modern warriors will agree with EVERYTHING he says, this is by and large the information you have been in need of.
All in all a complete book from start to finish. Highly recomended.
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