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The Way of the River: Adventures and Meditations of a Woman Martial Artist Hardcover – May 1, 2001

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"In any sparring match... a person must be utterly in the moment.... The second you jump ahead or fall back in time, you are reminded of the present in a very solid, physical manner." Thus BK Loren, a black belt in shao-lin kung fu, describes the influence of martial arts on her everyday experience in The Way of the River: Adventures and Meditations of a Woman Martial Artist, her first book. In essays about "the magnetism of false leadership" in the person of a violent, controlling martial arts teacher she had as a teenager; fending off her friend's abusive father; seeing beyond the myth of the safety of the suburbs via the stories of her affluent female self-defense students, Loren's careful, direct prose reflects the still gaze of the martial arts expert.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Adult/High School-Lyrical and riveting, this series of essays melds the American "gung ho" spirit with the poetry of Asian martial arts like Shao-Lin gong fu, qigong, and others. A child of the '60s in California, Loren donned boxing gloves at age 11 to learn to fight in a neighborhood match. Soon after she observed Shao-Lin master Sifu Liu performing intricate dance steps in his garage. She was hooked and began her training with him shortly thereafter. By the time she was 13, she was able to flatten a gang of teenage boys attempting to molest her and her friends. Her experiences with men during her teen years are often tainted-her close friend is sexually abused by her father, and her new martial-arts master trains her so violently that she suffers a concussion. Simply, and with wonderfully poetic descriptions, Loren draws the picture of her life and the influence of martial arts on shaping the woman she has become. She learns to appreciate the stillness and completeness she feels when her qi, a life force for which there is no adequate word in English, is in balance with her environment. This is a wonderful book by a woman who jumps out of the bounds of society's expectations.

Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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  • Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
  • Hardcover : 228 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1585743011
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585743018
  • Dimensions : 5.75 x 1 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : The Lyons Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: : English
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