- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 1st Shambhala Ed edition (5 Sept. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570629986
- ISBN-13: 978-1570629983
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts Paperback – 5 Sep 2003
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"In this text the author explains how his unique style was developed, and in doing so, reveals the important workings and goals of the internal world of martial arts."-- Journal of Asian Martial Arts
Students of the martial arts know that while technical prowess and physical power are essential characteristics in a fighter, true mastery of a martial art comes from cultivating one's inner strength. In Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts, Kenji Tokitsu shows how cultivating ki (or life force) and understanding the principles of budo (the martial path of self-development) can make training in martial arts more meaningful, effective, and personally rewarding.See all Product description
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whether or not it doesnt do what i intended it for, that doesnt matter as it has been a very interesting read.
anyone who whats to know about ki, this i would recommend.
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The biggest problem I had in reading this book was its density. Tokitsu takes concepts which are difficult enough in Japanese and discusses them in a language where they often have no equivalent. It took me like three hours to read this one-hundred page book. But if you put in the work, the content is there.
This book is his argument that martial artists should develop their ki, even in arts not usually associated with it. Recommended to martial artists interested in the spiritual side of their art, and to those still interested in ki after reading "Musashi: His Life and Writings."
This book is for true martial artist only. this book is for people who seeks more than punching, kicking, and grappling. I'm a 2nd degree Black Belt in Karate Shotokan and currently praticing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and I can tell you that what you will find in this book goes way beyond just practicing martial arts as sport.
It is a very deep book, you can tell the sadness of the author in some parts as the true essence of the unification of mind and body among other important aspects are neglected by the majority of western martial arts masters.
Do not buy this book if you see martial arts, as punching, kicking, and/or grappling.
This book will guide you... explaining the meaning of the book goes beyond intellect.... but again... don't buy this if you are just a regular martial artist, you wont enjoy it like I did.