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4.0 out of 5 stars Like the proverbial can of "Ronseal" - it does what it says it does on the label!, 18 Jun 2007
This review is from: Martial Arts Teaching Tales of Power and Paradox: Freeing the Mind, Focussing Chi and Mastering the Self (Paperback)
A great little book full of ancient but useful stories & anecdotes explaining success in the Martial Arts giving you a taste of the inner meaning of Martial Arts.

Many of these old [true] stories (not myths or fables) remind me of the way Mr Miyagi taught Daniel in the film The Karate Kid.... "Polish On, Polish Off.

This small book leaves me begging for more. It relates tales teaching the inner meaning of the martial arts.

It is divided into the following sections;-
1. The message of the stories.
2. on the threshold of the mystery.
3. Confronting the mountain.
4. The snare of appearances.
5. The great test.
6. Lessons of the Zen masters.
7. Winning without fighting.
8. The ultimate secret.

For those who are interested in the martial arts as a path for self development and realisation rather than just as a 'grab em' and bash em' exercise in futility, this book will be a treasure for you. The martial arts have traditionally passed on its ethos and morality through tales such as these.

Many of these tales were already familiar to me but it only has one major drawback, there isn't enough of it.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2009 00:38:24 BDT
Lark says:
Fantastic review, really found the breakdown of chapters, comparisons with a pop/movie reference etc. helpful, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2010 11:44:30 BDT
Terry Tozer says:
Thank you very much for your positive comment, I really appreciate it. I wish Amazon would email one when comments go up. How considerate of you to take the time to say such a nice thing. You've inspired me!! Thanks :-)
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