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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Rising Sun Productions (2 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920129013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920129012
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philosophy and psychology are very important parts of martial arts training. I can thinks of no one more qualified to disperse this knowledge than Mr. Richard Kim. Through this media, he can relate to you the stories of the old Samurai and it's meaning unparalleled. It is an education.

The Author, Mr. Richard Kim has a vast experience of more than half century. He has a vast experience of more than half a century. He has studied under many renowned masters of old, close to the three decades he spent in the Orient. He is a well-rounded martial artist with an international reputation as a Leader, Technician, world-wide Lecturer, Teacher, and Author. He is considered the greatest living Historian. His uncanny ability to cite dates, people, and incidents involving renowned Samurai of any era is incredible. His stories are exciting, humorous, interesting, factual, and fascinating, and the moral is infectious.

I highly recommend this book to everyone in the martial arts to include it in their martial arts library. It will be a collector's item in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must have for any serious martial artist 17 May 2009
By SavageHand - Published on
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This is a nice collection of martial art stories. O'Sensei Richard Kim is my grandmaster, and I can say after attending seminars with him in my youth, that these stories shared reflect into who he really was. He generously shared his wisdom with all, and was the first to expose me to the incredible power of Bagua Zhang. Although he primarily taught Shorinji-Ryu Karate, he also studied and taught the internal systems. Also worth reading is his Weaponless Warriors book. Some came forward after his death to critisize him, and take credit for his work. This is a form of cowardice, which would never have been done when he was alive, and I can say that O'Sensei Kim was as kind as he was powerful. A never ending wealth of knowledge and wisdom, he changed the way I saw martial arts completely, and will always remain an inspiration for me. A true Master.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
EVERY martial artist should read this. 24 May 2007
By Randy S. Paine - Published on
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What made O'Sensei Kim so truly unique and arguably the best teacher of our time was his friendly, matter of fact way of getting martial arts to reach into your life, heart and soul rather than just teaching how to fight. This book contains many of the lessons which makes one a TRUE martial artist as opposed to someone who simply knows the outside moves of karate. Without Zen and kata, karate has no structure and little benefit.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Karate Bert 3 Feb. 2009
By Karate Bert - Published on
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A must read for any Martial Artist! The book illustrates the true essence & morality of Karate.
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A must have for the traditional martial artist 24 July 2008
By StealthLS2 - Published on
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The Classical Man by Richard Kim is simply one of those books that any traditional karate student must have in their library. While the historical accuracy is sometimes debated no-one can argue that the stories are entertaining classics and embody the spirit of "the way".
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A Good Book With Lots Of Good Information 16 Mar. 2002
By Will Goodwin - Published on
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If you are a training and research nut, this book would fit well in your library. I think every Karateka should have this, the stories Sensei Kim relates in this book show a wealth of information we can learn from. It explains the importance of things that I have seen many students of the Martial Arts take for granted.
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