TRAINING THE SAMURAI MIND

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Training The Samurai Mind

Author : Thomas Cleary
ISBN : 083482308X
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Through the ages, the samurai have been associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, and martial prowess. Their ethos is known as bushido, the Way of the Warrior-Knight. Here, premier translator Thomas Cleary presents a rich collection of writings on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century that provide a comprehensive, historically rich view of samurai life and philosophy. Training the Samurai Mind gives an insider’s view of the samurai world: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethical standards they were meant to uphold, their training in both martial arts and strategy, and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals. The writings deal with a broad range of subjects—from military strategy and political science, to personal discipline and character development. Cleary introduces each piece, putting it into historical context, and presents biographical information about the authors. This is an essential read for anyone interested in military history and samurai history, and for martial artists who want to understand strategy.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Secrets Of The Japanese Art Of Warfare

Author : Thomas Cleary
ISBN : 9781462910359
Genre : History
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This samurai strategy books is the first widely available English translation of Yamamoto Kansuke's classic treatise on strategy and tactics. Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare is Thomas Cleary's translation of the seminal writings attributed to Yamamoto Kansuke on Japanese martial arts and military service. A mysterious man of humble origins, Yamamoto distinguished himself in the service of the redoubtable Takeda Shingen. Yamamoto was a career solider and founder of the so-called "school of certain victory," from which the famous Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings) emerged. His school developed the art of discerning situational combat advantage, so that a warrior was able to commit to action only when success was virtually assured. Translated and accompanied with helpful insights by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the martial wisdom of Asia, this book is for all persons engaged in military, law enforcement, or emergency response, as well as for martial artists, athletes, business executives, diplomats and politicians.
Category: History

Samurai Mind

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ISBN : 9781462900725
Genre : Literary Collections
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The Samurai Mind is a collection of five seminal Japanese texts that convey the essence of traditional samurai philosophy and ethic from very different, but complementary points of view. These texts range from the ferocious to the esoteric—with their common thread being the importance of mastering one's own mind as the key to overcoming opponents. Written from the mid-18th to early 19th century, the authors were acknowledged master samurai warriors keen to address a broader audience beyond their circle of students and acolytes. Their aim was to explain their craft to the outside world, and they do so with great insight. The classic Japanese texts are: The Mysterious Skills of the Old Cat Sword Theory A Treatise on the Sword Joseishi's Discussions on the Sword Ignorance in Swordsmanship Four of the five texts presented here are translated into English for the first time making The Samurai Mind an important addition to the literature on Japanese martial arts and a valuable resource for all martial artists. This samurai philosophy book is an informative look at the samurai of Japan with particular emphasis on the warrior's relationship with his samurai sword—the most fabled weapon in history—and on his need to cultivate mental discipline to achieve his goals.
Category: Literary Collections

The Lone Samurai

Author : William Scott Wilson
ISBN : 477002942X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Lone Samurai is a Kodansha International publication.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Lords Of The Samurai

Author : Yoko Woodson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124147922
Genre : Art
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150 superb examples of armor, weaponry, costumes, paintings, and lacquerware from the Hosokawa family
Category: Art

The Samurai Swordsman

Author : Stephen Turnbull
ISBN : 9781473817937
Genre : History
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Samurai tells the story of the courageous and highly disciplined fighting men of this time, showing how they evolved from the primitive fighters of the seventh century into an invincible military caste with a fearsome reputation. In the early seventh century, the samurai rose to prominence during the struggles between the emperor and the military leaders (shogun). They took part in the invasion of Korea, as well as helping to keep Japan free from foreign influence. From the Heian period through to the Onin wars, the history of the samurai is replete with tales of heroism and bloodshed. Although the samurai is most famous for his use of the sword, he also used a wide variety of other weapons, such as the crossbow, the dagger and the spear. Samurai armour and costume were constantly evolving, and by the twelfth century most samurai were wearing the box-like yoroi armour. Samurai examines samurai fighting tactics, as well as acts such as ritual suicide (hari-kiri) and the taking of enemy heads as trophies.
Category: History

Legacies Of The Sword

Author : Karl F. Friday
ISBN : 0824818792
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Western scholars are generally far less familiar with the samurai in his original role as warrior and master of arms than in his other functions as landowner, feudal lord, litterateur, or philosopher. Karl Friday examines samurai martial culture from a historical and worldview in this study.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Zen The Religion Of The Samurai

Author : Kaiten Nukariya
ISBN : 9781775413691
Genre : Religion
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Interested in learning more about the Zen tradition? Skip the watered-down, touchy-feely translations that crowd the shelves of most Western bookstores and go straight to the source with this rigorous treatment of the subject. Author Kaiten Nukariya offers a compelling overview of Zen within its proper historical and cultural context. A must-read for those interested in history, comparative religious studies, and world cultures.
Category: Religion

Mind Penetration

Author : Haha Lung
ISBN : 9780806537795
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The renowned martial arts master and author of Mind Fist and Lost Arts of War shows readers how to achieve total mental domination over enemies. To read the mind of your enemy, to manipulate his psyche to serve your purposes, and to claim victory without ever landing a blow—these are the secrets of I-Hsing. To become a master of the Mind Fist, the greatest weapon of I-Hsing, is to gain more than a competitive advantage, it is to gain complete control over your foes. In Mind Penetration, Dr. Haha Lung distills the essential skills and techniques behind I-Hsing’s seemingly supernatural ability to smash your enemy’s mental defenses and bend anyone to your will. Comprehensive and easy to follow, this guide invites readers to: Explore the origins and history of mind manipulation Discover its practice in the ancient Far East and in the modern West Learn how to control the minds of your enemies Gain confidence and knowledge through clear descriptions and helpful illustrations
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Black Samurai

Author : Marc Olden
ISBN : 9789049984298
Genre : Fiction
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When terrorists butcher his sensei, a samurai takes vengeance in blood On leave in Tokyo, American GI Robert Sand is shot trying to protect an old man from a quartet of drunk American soldiers. As Sand passes out, the old man springs on his tormenters, beating them senseless with frail, wrinkled fists. He is Master Konuma, keeper of the ancient secrets of the samurai, and Sand is about to become his newest pupil. Over the next seven years, the American learns martial arts, swordplay, and stealth, becoming not just the first black man to ever take the oath of the samurai, but the strongest fighter Konuma has ever trained. One night, two dozen terrorists ambush the dojo, slaughtering Konuma and his students as the first step in a terrifying assault on world peace. Though he cannot save his sensei, Sand escapes with his life and a gnawing hunger for vengeance. All he has is his sword, but his sword is all he needs.
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