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-- KODO: Ancient Ways
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Description: Forty-one of the best articles of the popular Ancient Ways column in Martial Arts Training magazine are brought together. 150 illustrations, 40 never before published photos. A 6th dan in aikido and 6th dan kyoshi master instructor in iaido, Kensho Furuya is the resident chief instructor of the Aikido Center of Los Angeles.
Keywords: Lessons in Spiritual Life of Warrior/Martial Artist
ISBN: 0897501365

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Bob Blackburn

Registered: October 2007
Location: PA
Posts: 71
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Makes you think about how and why you train
Cons: None

Kodo Ancient Ways, Lessons in the Spiritual Life of the Warrior/Martial Artist by Kensho Furuya is a collection of 41 articles written for Martial Arts Training magazine. Each chapter/article is only a few pages but a lot is contained in each. There are many pictures and illustrations to help convey the current topic. Another feature I like are the quotes in the margin to highlight key aspects of the current topic.

I decided to review this book first on here because I bought this book in 2002 and among my shelves of martial arts books, it is by far the one I come back to the most often. This book is on how to be the best martial artist and person you can be. The chapters are short but they will spur a lot of contemplation. This book is not meant to be skimmed over. It should be read in small increments and reflected upon. Each time you come back to the book and reread a chapter you will discover new meaning and application to your own training.

Here are a few chapters and quotes:

Learning Is Only the Second Step

The very first step to learning is to become a completely blank slate.

Hard or easy is just in your particular frame of mind. Many people with a lot less than you will accomplish much more than you in their lifetimes. Do not be defeated by a small mind or poor attitude.

You Never Get Good in the Martial Arts

We satisfy ourselves because we settle for less - even when we think we are getting more. Never be satisfied.

Make Mistakes Correctly

Respond to your mistakes correctly. A mistake is only another form of learning

True Learning is Incomplete

We seek knowledge, but when we convince ourselves that we understand that knowledge, the process of learning, training and being sensitive to everything around us ceases.

Cultivate Inner Strength

Please keep in mind that inner strength is not a matter of skill or strength. ... Inner strength is someone trying hard to make a good life for himself and those around him as best as he can.

I hope these few quotes will get you to reflect on your path as a martial artist. There is much more in the book.

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