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Secret Tactics: Lessons From the Great Masters of Martial Arts
 
 

Secret Tactics: Lessons From the Great Masters of Martial Arts [Kindle Edition]

Kazumi Tabata
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In the tradition of The Martial Artist's Book of Five Rings, one of America's most experienced teachers of karate offers new interpretations of fundamental martial arts texts. The book includes new translations of essays on leadership, correct behavior, character, and values. "Hereditary Manual of Fighting Techniques" by Yagyu Tajimanokami Munenori explores the relationship between Zen philosophy and warfare and the mental preparation for successful fighting. In "The Ultimate Sword," Takuan Soho describes the unremitting effort that must be undertaken to become a true master of strategy. He uses key aspects of sword-fighting strategy to shed light on the path to self-realization in "The Miracle of Immovable Wisdom." Kotoda Yahei Toshisada emphasizes the importance of training and learning techniques over theory in 'Technical Study of Kenpo." In "The School of Two Heavens," Musashi Miyamoto applies the principles of sword fighting to military arts and politics. Mastuura Saizan focuses on strengthening the weak points of the human mind, and exploiting the natural movements of the human body, in "Jyoseihi Kendan." And "Tengu's Dialogue on the Martial Arts" by Issai Chosanshi is a manual for students of the martial arts, presented in the form of a dialogue with a master.

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One of the West's most experienced teachers of karate offers new interpretations of fundamental martial arts texts. The book includes new translations of essays on leadership, correct behaviour, character, and values. Never before has the authoritative wisdom of the great masters been available in one beautifully illustrated volume. Secret Tactics offers ancient wisdom for contemporary readers searching for strategic advantages in combat, business, or life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3380 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804834881
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (28 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CVUZSO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #525,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This has to be my favourite book on the Martial Arts and I keep it as a treasure in my library & bedside table. This is definitely one to consider taking on holiday. The life lessons in this book are invaluable. I can't believe that there are no other reviews on it yet!

The immense research that must have gone into producing what will I think be a classic in time is enormous drawing upon the skills and lessons learnt from many ancient budo masters, samurai and the like.

You actually have three books in one.
Book One: The Book of the Seven Masters deals with the Body and Physical tactics to overcome a enemy.
Book Two: Leadership promotes high moral and ethical base. The values of the immovable mind.
Book Three: Enlightenment is the seeking to become one with God, Nature and the Universe, the Spirit.

Actually, you have more than a dozen books in one;- you'll find very good summaries of ALL the major Japanese Budo works from "The Book of Five Rings" to the "The Unfettered Mind" & "Life Giving Sword" etc etc. What can I say? It's great value for money & priceless!!

Therefore, the relation is that, to be a complete human being in life the Physical transforms the mind and the mind transforms the Spirit.

To be a Martial Arts Master is to be a Master of Life. To seek control of the Mind, Body and Spirit.

Something that Western culture can not comprehend is Zen, is not really a religion in as sense but a philosophy. The lessons in this book actually support Christian thought and views. Or any other religious view for that matter.

This book is a guideline to live a long, happy and ethical life in harmony with yourself and others around you while at the same time promoting a rock solid value system and ethical base that does not condone or support immoral behaviour of any kind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars martial arts, enlightenment and leadership... 15 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
really enjoyed this book, both as a martial artist, a person interested in spiritual growth and as a leader at work - it's not to long and is sufficiently varied to keep you interested, a small few of the 'lessons' are just too vague and dated for practical use nowadays, hence to 4 stars - but most of the content is 5 stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on past masters 7 Oct 2013
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Excellent book explains strategy and application of tactics understood by past masters of martial arts. Good read for anyone interested in oriental martial strategy.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of Life, Deep Wisdom from the Martial Arts 27 May 2005
By Al - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is my favorite book on the Martial Arts and I keep it as a treasure in my library.

In fact, next to the Bible, this is probably my favorite book. The life lessons in this book are invaluable.

You actually have three books in one.

Book One: The Book of the Seven Masters deals with the Body and Physical tactics to overcome a enemy.

Book Two: Leadership, promotes high moral and ethical base. The values of the immovable mind.

Book Three: Enlightenment is the seeking to become one with God, Nature and the Universe, the Spirit.

Therefore, the relation is that to be complete human being in life the Physical tranforms the mind and the mind transforms the Spirit.

To be a Martial Arts Master is to be a Master of Life. To seek control of the Mind, Body and Spirit.

Something that Western culture can not comprehend is Zen, is not really a religion in as sense but a philosophy. The lessons in this book actually support Christian thought and views.

This book is a guideline to live a long, happy and ethical life in harmony with yourself and others around you while at the same time promoting a rock solid value system and ethical base that does not condone or support immoral behavior of any kind.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Martial Arts Secrets Tactics revealed 21 Oct 2003
By Popsi Narasimhan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sensei Kazumi Tabata has captured, blended & passed on teachings from ancient Asian texts in this book. He has tried to explain, in simple concepts, winning tactics every martial artist needs to have in his repertoire. There are ideas for self development, leadership and cultivating & maintaining a winning attitude not only in martial arts but also in every aspect of life. This book is a must have for any serious martial artist.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Seminal Work 30 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a very deep research text. It comprehensively unites, comments on and extends past writings on martial arts.
Beautiful calligraphies notwithstanding, it is not a work for the coffee table. In an attempt to properly understand the content, this reader was slowed down to about three pages a day.
In turn, rewards are sweet and plentiful. Master Tabata characterizes clearly how the basic tenets and spiritual practice of martial arts are different from other strands of eastern philosophical and religious traditions.
This book will be seminal, as it combines scholarly rigour and original insight to establish martial arts as an independent spiritual system. It traces its roots in India and East Asia but highlights its original contributions over traditional Buddhist or Confuzian beliefs and ideals.
It also gives helpful advice on how to beat up your opponent in a match.
This book is indispensable for any instructor or serious practitioner of martial arts. It will be the standard reference work for anyone trying to discover the meaning and foundations of martial arts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Collection of Samurai Philosophy 3 Jun 2009
By Ronin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you like warrior philosophy this is a must own book. It is designed to reread and contemplated, and it is not a flowing story for those looking for entertainment or history. The author's intro sums it up:

"The most important factor in studying the martial arts is not merely to understand, but to transcend rationale and technique. Mastering both of these concepts is necessary and, like the two wheels of a cart, neither will be useful if one is missing.
"In the martial arts, the spiritual aspect is the most important, and our forerunners, who were swordsmen of genius, have left legacies gathered from their personal encounters. Here I have collected works that I feel are most pertinent to the true understanding of the martial arts. These books were written between the 15th & 16th century, a time in Japanese history of Warring States and attempts at unification. The art of war was not merely a sport or spiritual training; this was a time when one's existence depended on one's skill in destroying the enemy. These works, the records of men who lived by the sword in harsh times, contain valuable lessons for us today."

My one complaint is I already own some of these excerpts from their original source, so their is some redundancy. Nevertheless, it is an outstanding collection. The book has the following chapters:

1) Hereditary Manual of the Martial Arts -Yagyu Munenori
2) Technical Study of Kenpo -Kotoda Yahei Toshisada
3) The Miracle of Immovable Wisdom -Takuan Soho
4) The Ultimate Sword -Takuan Soho
5) School of 2 heavens -Musashi
6) Jyoseishi Kendan -by Matsura Seizan (possibly based on an early Shinto Ryu system?)
7) Tengu's Dialog on the Martial Arts -Issai Chozanshi
8) Secrets of Tactics -by the author
9) Hagakure excerpt
10) A study of Leadership & Politics -Le Sei Min (known in Japan as "Taisou", he was a Tang Chinese ruler)
11) Gichou (a prime minister of Taisou)
12) Sai Kon Tan -Kou Ji Sei (Ming Dynasty China)
13) The Levels of Enlightenment -Kok Yim Ci Yuen (13th in succession from Buddha)
14) Satori

If that doesn't get you excited, this book is definitely not for you.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Wisdom for the Warrior 21 Oct 2008
By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book! It contain several texts/teachings from the great masters of martial arts which are just as important and helpful today as the day that they were written. I would highly recommend this book to any practitioner of the martial arts, and especially to those who are truly interested in the warrior lifestyle. Kazumi Tabata has done a great job in compiling and writing this book and I enjoyed it very much and frequently refer back to it for motivation. The format is good and it is well organized and easy to read. Secret Tactics is simply packed with useful wisdom for the martial artist and the layman alike.

This is a great addition to any martial arts library and I highly recommend that anyone interested in martial arts check this book out. You will not be disappointed!

Bohdi Sanders, author of the award-winning bestseller,Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence
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