Recommended reading for the martial arts. This is my personal library list. I practice Okinawan Te or "Ryukyu Ti." My system is derived from two others, one being the main influence of Shorin-ryu and the second Goju-ryu. The branch under Shorin-ryu is Isshin-ryu as developed by Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei.

I wanted to create a library reference blog where I can provide a listing of the books I have in my library, present and past (past in that some have been lost in transit over the years). I will provide a graphic, if available, a short description, if available, and the bibliography. When possible a link to Amazon will be provided.

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Kodo Ancient Ways

Yes, this is a portrait of Musashi.
Furuya, Kensho. "Kodo Ancient Ways: Lessons in the Spiritual Life of the Warrior/Martial Artist." Ohara Publications. California. 1996.

Review: It has been a long while since I read this book. I can tell you this much, I read it about four time consecutively, it was that good and well written. I actually got in contact with the author who had a manuscript, rough, in the works for a follow up book but much to our loss he passed on to the greater dojo above and now practices with others like Shimabuku Tatsuo Sensei.

His philosophical outlook was inspiring and this book is worth not only the money but the frequent readings and references.

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