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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Friday, February 3, 2012

Opening the Dragon's Gate

Kaiguo, Chen, Shundhao, Zheng, Cleary, Thomas. "Opening the Dragon's Gate: The Making of a Modern Taoist Wizard. Tuttle Publishing. Vermont. 1996.

Review: This particular book was recommended by our acupuncturist who happens to be a Taoist and a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan. He has made extensive trips back to China to practice and study with this master or "Modern Taoist Wizard."

This is where I learned to visualize, meditate and breathe properly. It opens many doors to the present practice and to the past that created the systems practiced throughout the world today.

It is a wonderful read, interesting and most informative. Since martial karate and martial arts in general are derived from a culture that was influenced by Buddhism, Confucianism, Zen-ist and Taoism it will brighten and enlighten your knowledge of this area. Make it a must for your library.

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