Igensho: The Book of Dignity: General Principles of Martial Art Paperback – August 7, 2006
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- Item Weight : 9.7 ounces
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1420800051
- ISBN-13 : 978-1420800050
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.56 x 8 inches
- Publisher : AuthorHouse (August 7, 2006)
- Language: : English
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Whether you are a practitioner of martial skills, a law-enforcement officer, a military soldier, or simply an everyday person who goes to work or play, this book will help you live a safer and more conscious existance. In fact, it should be required reading in every school in the land, as it points us in the direction of how to be a responsible citizen in a challenging world.
This book is more about the true nature of violent conflict in the real world, and developing the clarity in your mind necessary to deal with it based on principles you have thought out in advance. This means examining your most fundamental beliefs about your own right to life. When you tangle with someone in the real world, the possibility of serious injury or death to you or your opponent cannot be eliminated. If it's a question of protecting you or your love ones, are you willing to take decisive steps that could result in the death of your assailant? Prior and thorough examination of this question is necessary lest you be forced to answer it on the spot, which very well might cost you your life.
The book covers the basic principles of strategy and tactics. The idea espoused to avoid violent conflict whenever possible. Be aware of your surroundings at all times to steer clear of trouble in the first place. If you find trouble, leverage social skills or flight options to preclude the need to fight. If you must fight, seek unfair advantage by whatever means, which is the nature of tactics. Primary skills in the service of tactics are outlined but with no attempt to teach each one. That's what the dojo is for.
In a nutshell, this book gave context to my martial arts training. More than that, it has helped me to govern my own life more purposefully. I highly recommend it.
I'm constantly underlining the dangers of "condition white" to my aikido and women's self-defense students, and the need for "condition yellow," but his insights here have shown me how myopic my view has been.
The author's sensivity and respect for dignity, wisdom and philosophy,
along side straight ahead street reality, is highly admirable.
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the martial arts, and all those who aren't.