On the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology

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Frog Books, 2003 - Philosophy - 184 pages
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From the "chop-sockey" kung-fu epics on the big screen to practices like tae kwon do at local community centers, the martial arts have become a major phenomenon in Western culture. In On the Warrior's Path, author Daniele Bolelli examines the central figure in this trend: the warrior. Bolelli, himself a martial artist, looks at every facet of the warrior lifestyle, from the unbreakable tenacity of the Japanese swordsman to the contemplative practices of the mysterious warrior monks of China. Drawing from both classical and popular sources of warrior culture, Bolelli shows what it takes to inhabit this singular role, along the way making surprising connections between martial arts and psychedelic culture, basketball, American Indian society, surfing, Star Wars, and more.
 

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Fantastic work from Bolelli; he beautifully encapsulates the Warrior's spirit and how powerful martial arts are both inside and outside the dojo.
What more could you ask for than Samurai, Nietzsche and Bodhisattvas.

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A brilliant exploration of the intersection between genuine philosophy and the realistic nitty gritty of what combat entails. The last chapter of the second edition is also one of the most insightful ... Read full review

Contents

Chapterl THE BODY AS A TEMPLE
9
THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR
47
MARTIAL ARTS MEDIA AND MYTH
75
Chapter? SIX WARRIOR ARCHETYPES
87
Chapters THE WARRIOR AS BODH IS AT VA
101
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Danielle Bolelli teachs at California State Long Beach, Santa Monica College, and UCLA. He is a regular contributor to a variety of martial arts magazines including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Inside Kung Fu, and Samurai. Bolelli holds a 4th-degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo and is a practitioner of the traditional styles of Hsing-I, Pa Kua, and Tai Chi Chuan, as well as the emerging sport, Mixed Martial Arts. He is the author of several books in his native Italy. On the Warrior's Path is his first book published in the United States.

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