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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