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This review is from: Moving Toward Stillness: Lessons in Daily Life from the Martial Ways of Japan (Paperback)
Most long serving instructors in the martial arts (budo) will recognise & empathise with the short stories that Dave expertly tells here. Obviously from many years of experience & hard training in the various arts that he has studied over the last few decades.
As always, it's written in Dave's easy going style & in short 3-4 page chapters. A book that you can pick up & put down without loosing the plot. Filled with interesting & personal pearls of wisdom from the martial arts & Japanese culture, Dave relates his experiences from training & from tales that his own instructors have told him.
The chapter on "Excess Baggage" was my favourite where he contemplates why certain people even bother to consider taking up a martial art, with all that that involves, but who from the very outset can't leave all their problems, aggression & other vices outside of the dojo & who think that karate, for example, is just about kicking, punching & yelling.
Thought provoking certainly, but true followers of "the way" will understand the meaning & lessons that Dave is putting across.
If you're just starting out on the path of some form of budo, you may not yet fully realise what Dave is talking about, but none the less, this is still a very interesting book in many other respects.