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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Centre (27 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886969698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886969698
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 0.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F.J. Chu, born in Taiwan, ROC, is a certified black belt instructor in Kenpo Karate. Over the past twenty-five years, he has also trained in Fu Jow Pai Kung Fu, Aikido, and Tai Chi Chuan. He is the author of two books on investing, President of Sage Capital Group, Inc., and Principal of the Chinese School of Southern Westchester (Scarsdale NY). F.J. Chu lives with his wife and three children in Rye, New York.

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Format: Paperback
I am not sure whether I am eloquent enough to do proper justice to the wonderfully written book, so here goes....

Although for me, this is quite a deep & philosophical work, Mr Chu writes in a nice easy & clear style that makes his ideas very understandable.

Mr Chu is a long standing instructor of Kempo karate who also trains in Kung-fu, Aikido & Tai Chi. He clearly has a good knowledge of his art & is highly qualified to talk on the subject from his studies of philosophy & psychology at Yale College. Here he is laying out exactly what it takes to be a Martial Artist.

Written for any style or grade, this book is full of pearls of wisdom about what the long & arduous journey along "the martial way" means & why so many students, who start out so eager & keen, deviate & fall off of the path & just give up.

He cites the many pitfalls along the road & gives us many clues as how not to be so easily tripped up. Not only that he shows us how bright the light at the end of the tunnel is & demonstrates all the positive benefits we will enjoy, should we persevere in our quest.

If you have been waiting at brown belt (1st kyu) for a while to take your Shodan (black belt), or have failed to reach it a couple of times, by reading this book your will receive a clearer insight as to what you need to do to mount that next obstacle in your way. You will probably discover that it's not your lack of knowledge or technique, but something more ethereal like your attitude or ego, lack of humility or spirit that is getting in your way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Stressing the importance of a responsible code of conduct 13 Dec 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Accessibly written by F. J. Chu (a certified black belt instructor in Kenpo Karate), The Martial Way And Its Virtues: Tao De Gung is an informed and informative treatise on the mentality and physical and moral demands of following the path of life embraced by martial arts. Stressing the importance of a responsible code of conduct and higher ideals intertwined with learning physical and combat-related skills, The Martial Way And Its Virtues is an intriguing work and recommended supplemental reading for all students and practitioners of the martial arts. Also very highly recommended is the YMAA Publications website at [...]
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Character of the Martial Arts 21 Oct 2008
By Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The practitioner reminds himself: "Today I am better than I was yesterday, tomorrow I will be better still."" This is a quote from this wonderful book and this book can help the martial artist accomplish this, or at least give the martial artist some insight in how to accomplish this. The Martial Way and Its Virtues is divided into three sections: The Martial Way, Strategy and Technique, and The Virtues of Martial Arts Training. I found all three parts to be informative and enlightening.

There are useful quotes scattered throughout this book. In short, this book gives the reader insight into the proper attitude that one should have in practicing and applying the martial arts. There is much more to the martial arts than learning how to fight and Mr. Chu does a good job in sharing some of the attitudes and philosophy that a true warrior needs to develop as part of his training. Highly recommended!

Bohdi Sanders, author of the award-winning bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A blueprint toward mastery of one's body, mind, and spirit, 16 Sep 2008
By Alain B. Burrese - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Martial Way and its Virtues - Tao De Gung" by F.J. Chu was an enjoyable read that made me think of my own martial art journey. I agree with William R. Connors' foreword in that rather than a technique book, this book uses martial arts as a core to provide an insight into martial arts as well as a blueprint for a way to begin the journey of achieving mastery of one's body, mind, and spirit. This is an endless journey that those of us who have chosen to follow a warrior's path realize is worth taking. This book offers guidance to anyone who chooses to follow that path, and assisted me with my training, thinking, and teaching.

Chu's goals with this book included wanting to show the relevance of philosophical thinking on "real life" martial arts practice through this text, and I believe he accomplished this. Chu believes that philosophical discourse, like martial arts practice, is a way of life. Therefore, the values he wrights about are incorporated into a martial artist's life through disciplined and regular practice.

The study of martial arts empowers individuals with the capacity to harm or even kill others, Chu states because of this power of life and death, the martial artist has the responsibility to behave with greater calm and judgement than the average person. This book is about personal development; it is about becoming a whole person through martial art study that includes the philosophical practice of warriorship. For those who are following the spherical path of the martial way, this text is enlightening and thought provoking. As Chu points out right at the beginning of this book, the Tao De Gung is a purist's vision of the martial arts. This is the higher calling all of us that follow the Way aspire to. It is this higher ideal that separates warriors from predators.

The longer I practice martial arts and the older I become, the more I realize that my training is but a journey toward self-betterment. Yes, I still train for self-defense, and from past experiences I know I can defend myself. However, my training is much more than that. Following the Way is a part of me now. I continuously strive to better myself and live by warrior ideals passed on throughout the years, and then pass these lessons on to others through my teaching and writing. F.J. Chu's text has helped me grow as a martial artist, warrior, and person. I recommend it to any martial artist, warrior, or person who also wants to grow and further develop themselves.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese,J.D., author of the Lock On Joint Locking Essentials series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Are you a Martial Artist, feeling a bit lost??? 11 May 2009
By Terry Tozer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am not sure whether I am eloquent enough to do proper justice to the wonderfully written book, so here goes....

Although for me, this is quite a deep & philosophical work, Mr Chu writes in a nice easy & clear style that makes his ideas very understandable.

Mr Chu is a long standing instructor of Kempo karate who also trains in Kung-fu, Aikido & Tai Chi. He clearly has a good knowledge of his art & is highly qualified to talk on the subject from his studies of philosophy & psychology at Yale College. Here he is laying out exactly what it takes to be a Martial Artist.

Written for any style or grade, this book is full of pearls of wisdom about what the long & arduous journey along "the martial way" means & why so many students, who start out so eager & keen, deviate & fall off of the path & just give up.

He cites the many pitfalls along the road & gives us many clues as how not to be so easily tripped up. Not only that he shows us how bright the light at the end of the tunnel is & demonstrates all the positive benefits we will enjoy, should we persevere in our quest.

If you have been waiting at brown belt (1st kyu) for a while to take your Shodan (black belt), or have failed to reach it a couple of times, by reading this book your will receive a clearer insight as to what you need to do to mount that next obstacle in your way. You will probably discover that it's not your lack of knowledge or technique, but something more ethereal like your attitude or ego, lack of humility or spirit that is getting in your way.

The main theme of Mr Chu's book warns us that taking up a martial art like Karate, Judo, Aikido or Kung-fu etc is a lifelong quest, the positive benefits of which are too many to mention, yet if persisted with, these will permeate though to your everyday life "outside" of the dojo.

Although this is only a small book of some 113 pages & can be read in almost one sitting, it is jam packed with highly intelligent philosophical treats that make it a pleasure to read more than once.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Virtue? Really? 22 Oct 2011
By Sam Thorpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Frankly I was disappointed to find the author quoting "Don Juan" almost right from the start. Who doesn't know that Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan was a hoax? Even the most casual Google search should have brought that up?
The Sorcerer "teachings" are really just a bastardization of Eastern Philosophy, Native American stereotypes and crap Castaneda just made up.
Castaneda was exposed as a fraud repeatedly, first by American Indians and then by academia. Carlos was sued by his former Tai Chi master and had to pay a huge settlement. Don't forget all the money he made charging people ridiculous amounts of money for "enlightenment".
Should this hoax and it's fiction really be included in a book about VIRTUE?
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