Samurai Spirit: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life
Tundra, 2002 (2002)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his is a collection of '
stories that emphasize personal training and development
', taken from a literature that '
transforms and inspires us to conquer our fears and insecurities and to be our best
', with numerous role models.
ales are grouped in a set of themes:
The Samurai Spirit
The Way of the Warrior
Tales of Wondrous Wisdom
Fighting the Shark
Sharks with Human Faces
Thinking Outside the Box
Making a Difference in the World
. The author has taught martial arts for over 25 years. He includes anecdotes from his own experiences as well as adaptations of samurai stories, and historical accounts. Apt quotations are interspersed throughout.
The Fox and the Rabbit
, in which the rabbit eludes the predator because '
the fox is running for his dinner, but the rabbit is running for his life
'. I also appreciated those tales which emphasize living in the moment, and the need to face our fears. There are those that encourage handling adversity without bitterness, and others which teach of the importance of '
spirit and strategy
' over '
strength and skill
he sections with
themes are very relevant today to any who are bullied or
, with examples of how martial arts training can give the confidence to handle dangerous situations, without fighting. And the importance of attitude is developed in a comparison of two samurais who each face overwhelming odds in battle, in which we see that '
It is not what happens to you but what happens within you that determines if you are really defeated.
y teenage sons have been studying karate for the last few years, and it has been clear to me and other dojo parents, that the training teaches as much in life lessons as in the specifics of blocks and attacks - lessons of self-discipline, perseverance, confidence and community. I recommend this book of samurai wisdom to you; whether or not you train in martial arts, these tales will entertain and will stay with you.
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