The Sword of No-Sword
Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu
Paperback ISBN: 1570620504
Master swordsman, calligrapher, and Zen practitioner, Yamoaka Tesshu is a seminal figure in martial arts history. John Stevens's biography is a fascinating, detailed account of Tesshu's remarkable life. From Tesshu's superhuman feats of endurance and keen perception in life-threatening situations, to his skillful handling of military affairs during the politically volatile era of early nineteenth-century Japan, Stevens recounts the stories that have made Tesshu a legend. This is the book all martial artists must own.
Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: an Odyssey in the New China
Paperback ISBN: 1592403379
Describes the author's study of martial arts at China's Shaolin Temple, his initial disenchantment that turned into respect for the instructors, and the training that led him to represent the Temple in international competitions.
One Encounter One Chance
The Essence of the Art of Karate
Paperback ISBN: 0834804778
Here is a fresh look at the traditional principles of karate, and especially a concept fundamental to all martial arts—that of the "empty self." It asks readers to let go of preconceptions of karate as merely a system of self-defense techniques and to realize the true intentions of this remarkable martial art.
The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja
Mastering the Four Gates to Freedom
Paperback ISBN: 1594771073
Explains how the initiatory practices of the Ninja can be used to achieve self-mastery â€¢ Uses the five human archetypes of lover, seeker, magus, soul warrior, and mystic â€¢ Shows how to access kuji-kiri, the positive energy of the Ninja Godai, to dispel fear, disempowerment, and soul fatigue The Ninja are a mysterious warrior elite said to be so spiritually advanced they knew the mind and will of God. Regarded with awe as masters of invisibility and “warriors of the shadow-self,
Energy Balance Through the Tao
Exercises For Cultivating Yin Energy
Paperback ISBN: 159477059x
Forty-five fully illustrated Tao Yin exercises are introduced in a guide that explains the history behind the practice of the exercise system and its connections to other complementary Chinese exercise forms. Original.
Secrets of Invisibility, Mind Reading and Thought Control
Paperback ISBN: 080653124x
Drawing on experience in law enforcement, intelligence gathering, litigation, investing and military tactics, a martial arts expert teaches readers how to disappear into their environment, read and control minds, forecast the future and win battles in such diverse contexts as office politics, the business world and even child rearing. Original.
The Secret Teachings of the Ninja: The 17th-Century Manual on the Art of Concealment
Hardcover ISBN: 1594773432
The classic text on the mystical traditions of the ninja now decoded in English • The path of the ninja as an authentic spiritual discipline • Details the art of concealment and espionage, including methods of disguise, survival techniques, and face reading • A ninja response to the Samurai Bushido and the way to mind-body harmony Experts in disguise, infiltration, espionage, and counterintelligence, the ninja had spiritual values and magical traditions that distinguished them from the soldierlike samurai. Their art of ninjutsu, invisible as well as indispensable, was transmitted in secret schools and relied on only a few books, which were written in code. The Shoninki, one of the most important of these coded manuals, was written in 1681 by Master Ninja Natori Masazumi. Presenting all facets of the art of concealment, espionage, and physical prowess, including methods of disguise and survival techniques, this source text also contains teachings on spiritual meditations, psychic powers, the art of face reading, controlling the emotions, and magic spells. Revealing the connection between the ninja and the yamabushi--warrior monks who were endowed with supernatural powers--this classic text confirms the path of the ninja as an authentic spiritual discipline, one of self-realization and detachment and the way to mind-body harmony.
Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters
Paperback ISBN: 1570629153
In budo—which can be translated as "the way of brave and enlightened activity"—martial arts and spirituality merge at the highest level of skill. Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo's greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists—they're for anyone who wants to live life more courageously, with a greater sense of personal confidence and self-control, and with a deeper understanding of others. John Stevens has gathered an eclectic and historically rich collection of teachings that include principles and practice guidelines from training manuals and transmission scrolls, excerpts of texts on budo philosophy, and instructional tales gathered from a number of sources. Since many of the martial arts masters were also fine painters and calligraphers and used brush and ink as a teaching medium, Stevens has included their artwork throughout with explanation and commentary.