- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Via Media Publishing (December 10, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893765008
- ISBN-13: 978-1893765009
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Martial Musings: A Portrayal of Martial Arts in the 20th Century Hardcover – December 10, 1999
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A well-written memoir ... one mans joyous, passionate, and often genuinely daring romp through the modern martial arts ... -- Education About Asia (Winter 2001)
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Robert W. Smith may be known as a world's leading authority on Asian martial arts, but this book shows he is much more than that. His pioneering work in the field has inspired others to follow, but perhaps none have brought such drive, stamina, and scholarly skills to such a monumental task.
Smith has practiced, taught, and written on the Asian martial arts for more than fifty years. From his late teens he trained under eminent Western boxing and wrestling coaches and later immersed himself in judo and finally the Chinese martial arts under celebrated masters. He taught many students in the latter arts in the Washington D.C. area where he worked as an intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Martial Musings records insightful details associated with Smith's years of involvement with combatives in the U.S. and overseas. But, what makes this book such a joy to devour is the literary relish Smith stir-fries in with the book's basic ingredients. He astutely couples combatives with literary panache, and a ready wit.
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Robert W. Smith lived an extraordinary life and his martial pursuits and research was extensively covered in articulate style, his perception and humour garnishing otherwise near-unknown facts regarding some of the most accomplished true martial artists of the 20th century.
His book 'Chinese Boxing : Masters and Methods' got me interested in chi kung 40 years ago and his others on Hsing Yi and Pakua Chang are also outstanding inasmuch as they come from his own tuition by acknowledged masters of their art. Therefore we have them only second-hand, a rare thing in this modern world where so much of true asian internal boxing has been debased and distorted by those professing to be masters when they are hardly even mere beginners.
Smith can be forgiven for seeming to be a bit biased and dogmatic at times, (we must examine ourselves in those respects,) but his overall coverage of his martial life (with some other childhood stories) while a bit stodgy now and then with the sheer amount of information he offers, is excellent in the Smith tradition for which he is well-known.
Tons and tons of history. Not an easy writing style to read.
If you're going to read this; try and just read it as a story book. Meaning that you just read one story at a time and put the book down.
Otherwise, this is not an enjoyable "cover to cover" read.
There is a certain romance in this book.
It romanticizes the old school martial arts quite well and does a good job of capturing the days of when men were men, they had short hair, mustaches and did dangerous jobs...I think its an important read for lifelong martial artists, but not neccessary for beginners...
****Some people are bothered by Smith's opinions. I'm not, I'm glad he has opinions. Men in these days said what they felt and had opinions.
Not to mention, there's no way for any martial artist to have any opinion at all...without about 50% of the martial arts community being pissed off.
The martial arts community is like talking about politics or war--everyone is just looking to be offended and argue and fight...That's never going to change...
I wouldn’t be as tough on Hollywood Kung Fu as the author though. Most people view these productions as Superman, Batman or Spiderman, pure entertainment not adept martial arts demonstrations.
Myself included, many young men spark their interest in Martial Arts from watching Hollywood productions. Many of those seek competent instructors and land up having rewarding experiences as a result.
A colorful portrayal of 20th century Martial Arts and a fun read, 5 stars.
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