- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Exploding Pen Limited; First Edition thus edition (1 April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0954454308
- ISBN-13: 978-0954454302
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 1 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 981,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fudebakudo: The Way of the Exploding Pen Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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For many centuries, Fudebakudo, the Way of the Exploding Pen, has been kept hidden from outsiders. Masters of the art have passed into legend for the secrecy of their techniques and the elusiveness of their knowledge. Finally, after years of painstaking and painful research, this book represents the definitive collection of the martial art of Fudebakudo. Discover the best material for your black belt, and why samurai skilled in hojojutsu never fell for the "undone shoelace" trick. What's the difference, really, between karate and taekwondo? why are there no buttons in the martial arts? How do ninja turn invisible? Fudebakudo answers these questions.
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One of the most common prejudices facing students of modern Fudebakudo is the now infamous mantra "The pen is mightier than the sword." This saying is often wrongly attributed to Fudebakudo by teachers with little practical experience beyond their own martial arts who are not aware of the subtle understanding of ma-ai, or mutual distance, that Fudebakudo requires. Basically, Fudebakudo regards the sword to be considerably mightier than the pen at distances of less than six feet (approximately 1.7 meters). An anonymous yet celebrated Fudebakudo master of Japans Kamakura era (1185-1333 A.D.) wrote a short poem which is now held to be a seminal and profound expression of Fudebakudo philosophy on this matter:
The pen is mightier than the sword.
But a sword
Dipped in ink,
That's a good compromise.
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This book is funny if you don't practice the martial arts or live with a budoka, and hilarious if you do. One of the aforesaid secrets is the 361" punch - the same as a 1" punch only with a noisy ten-yard run-up. Also acts a perfect present for someone who takes his martial arts too seriously (you know who I mean) or who won't help put the mats away. A real gem
So at long last a martial artist (an aikidoka I believe, but that doesn't save aikido from being 'persecuted') has taken a pen and drawn and written about martial arts, but from an 'odd' kind of perspective:- everything is familiar, but somehow made funny.
The cartoons are very amusing, and the written commentry excellent as well. It doesn't matter how practical/pragmatic or spiritual/philosophical your style is, you'll find plenty in this book that will make you laugh.
All my martial arts friends (from different styles) have really enjoyed this, and if you aren't a martial artist and would like to buy a 'different' sort of book for a martial artist friend, this would be a really good gift. One thing though, don't expect non-martial artists to find it funny (or even largely comprhensible) - they won't. You need to be an 'insider' to appreciate the humour.
I hope that they bring a second volume out soon, but given that it has taken them so long to produce this first volume (some of the cartoons have appeared over the years); I doubt if it will be any time soon.
Go on, buy a copy; you'll never look upon martial arts in quite the same way again.
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