Beyond the Known: The Ultimate Goal of the Martial Arts

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Tuttle Publishing, Jun 13, 2001 - Philosophy - 168 pages
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Written by one of the world's greatest living t'ai mantis system teachers, Beyond the Known is about the martial arts quest, and a mediation on the art of discipleship.

In a series of parables relating the experiences of an unusually talented but otherwise typical martial artist, it calls for teachers and practitioners of all martial arts to question their motives and goals, to go beyond the superficial dazzle of prizes and awards, beyond repetition of techniques, ultimately to go beyond the known—the ultimate goal of the martial arts.

Tri Thong Dang was born in Vietnam and studied under the revered Chiu Chuk-Kai, eighth-generation grandmaster of the Chinese t'ai mantis system. In addition, he was a practitioner of pa kua chang, hsing i ch'uan, qigong, and Yang style tai chi ch'uan. He studied and taught martial arts worldwide and was the author of Toward the Unknown and Beginning T'ai Chi, both from Tuttle Publishing. He was the founder and director, until his death of California's Budo Educational Center.

Chapters Include:
  • The false path.
  • A meeting of minds.
  • Beyond the bounds of intellect.
  • A union of hearts.
  • The vitality of the inexpressible.
  • The irrelevance of the instrument of combat.
  • A transformation.
  • The path of duty.
  • Weaving the web of karma.
  • The web is broken.
  • The first lesson.
  • Lam has another lesson.
  • On the pursuit of creativity.
  • And yet another lesson.
  • A master is born.

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This is one of the truly great works of Martial Arts lit. This book captures the spirit of training something that most books don't, and many find sadly lacking in their training.I would say it is a clasic and one that I always recommend to new students.

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About the author (2001)

Tri Thong Dang was born in Vietnam and studied under the revered Chiu Chuk-Kai, eighth-generation grandmaster of the Chinese t'ai mantis system. In addition, he was a practitioner of pa kua chang, hsing i ch'uan, qigong, and Yang style t'ai chi ch'uan. He studied and taught martial arts worldwide and was the author of Toward the Unknown and Beginning T'ai Chi, both from Tuttle Publishing. He was the founder and director, until his death of California's Budo Educational Center.

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