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What have you been reading?

Related directly to budo -

Secrets of the Samurai, Ratti and Westbrook
The Unfettered Mind, Wilson's translation

Related to Japanese history, philosophy -

Zen, D.T. Suzuki

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"Flow: the psycology of optimal performance"

"Complete Krav Maga" and "Beginning Krav Maga".

Spent the weekend at a primitive weapon making seminar. Forged a camp knife and made a throwing stick. Sadly, realized after making the stick that optimal performance makes it left handed or not-left handed. Guess which I did? :)

Leam

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Recently dipping into "Understand? Good. Play!" after a few year's gap.
Scott Wilson's "Lone Samurai" biography of Musashi is nearly finished too.... both excellent "restroom reads" :)


Also got "Virgin Warrior: The life and death of Joan of Arc" from Yale University Press recently and am looking forward to it - thats one for the seat by the fireplace..

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"Justinian's Flea: The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire"---Penguin

Comes back to a perpetual human drama---how do civilizations---or individuals for that matter---respond when the data unambiguously contradicts the dominant theory of how the world is organized and how it should work.

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It's no 'Angry White Pyjamas' but this book, entitled 'Fight the Good Fight' gives an interesting insight into a woman and vicar's wife's insight into martial arts. It was cheap in a bookstore that was closing down so I bought it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fight-Good-Vi ... ing-Machine/dp/0224077694

It also shows how lightly we get off in the Bujinkan with our gradings. Imagine having to fight and beat several people of your current rank in order to advance to the next!

I would be interested to hear more about Krav Maga books, as I may be trying it out later this week as I can't train tonight due to working a night shift.

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Reading Sokes -Japanese Sword Fighting-Secrets of the Samurai, along with
the beginners kanji dictionary, (trying to understand the true meaning of certain things in soke's book) and have borrowed the big red book of similar name which Elizabeth mentioned as well.
Letting everything become your teacher- Jon Kabott Zinn. ( not sure if the name is exactly right)
and a collection of native american teachings/sayings

the last two may or may not be budo related- depends on ones opinion i suppose

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I would be interested to hear more about Krav Maga books, as I may be trying it out later this week as I can't train tonight due to working a night shift.


Here are my two recommendations. First, for the basics, Krav Maga for Beginners. However, with a martial arts background you may be more interested in Complete Krav Maga, which gives much more information on techniques. The first book is good if you know next to nothing about martial arts and body movement.

Think of Krav as Fire mode on full auto. :)

Leam

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I am reading Chi Haya Buru, A Japanese Cultural Treasure by Craig Olsen.

It is a quick read and is full of that Japanese Language word puzzle that we all love. I have learned about Japanese Language, Culture, History, Philosophy and Religion so far. i think it is a fundamental primer for anyone considering reading Soke's works. I have not yet fully digested the content. It is fascinating!!

Marty

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I love to re read Essence of Ninjutsu, and right now I'm reading Shogun again, I love that book! I also read Mens health from time to time...

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Also reading Secrets of the Samurai, Ratti and Westbrook

and

Kiso no Kaizen by Stephane Meunier

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