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Facing the Double-Edged Sword: The Art of Karate for Young People
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They are enormously grateful that they do not train in the sort of "ridiculous dojo" featured in this story.
I think that few children would want to wade through this tedious and insipid book. It only provides a comedic element to those who are training in real martial arts, as opposed to fluff and nonsense.
Updated in January 2008:
Martial arts, it should go without saying, are martial. One can argue whether or not it is really appropriate for children to train in them. However, if one is going to call some sort of consciousness-raising and peace advocacy "martial arts", it seems to be somewhat misleading.
This book is really not about martial arts; it only claims to be. I have nothing against advocating for peace; that is wonderful. I also believe that the martial arts, at least as I understand them, can be a wonderful means of character development.
But to describe a sparring match where no one moved nor struck each other, and to claim this is martial arts rather than mere baloney --- well, that's the sort of thing that makes this book downright silly.
Those who have trained hard in a real martial art will find much reason to laugh at this book. Those whose training has not included blood, sweat, and tears will probably like this book and wish all martial arts dojos were this gentle and...dare I say it?...this wimpy.
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