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You Ain’t a True Martial Artist if You Ain’t Read!

What an odd concept, eh? That one must be able to read, and actually have read something, if one is to be a true Martial Artist. But it is true. Check out the video, and than I’ll tell you about stupid.

My favorite, when it comes to martial philosophy, is The Tao. You’ll find essence of that in some video games these days. It’ll be the fighting priest who knows how to cheat.
One would think my favorite would be Art of War, or maybe even the Book of Five Rings, but those are about how to beat people up, and not always concerned with the evolution of the human spirit. And the human spirit does have to evolve, else it ain’t a True Martial Art. You’ll find those books emblified on the discovery channel, or the history channel. They are notable for the oddly symmetrical hordes of computer generated warriors.
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a particular favorite of mine. That creates the silence in the mind, which silence, though spoken of in zen, is the result of decades of martial arts. You only think one thing at a time, and the mind becomes a peculiarly static free ‘radio,’ and higher abilities are there…if you can recognize them.
That all said, let me return to The Tao: my distinct favorite section of that subtle tome deals with dichotomy. There can be no front without back, high without low, and so on.
Dichotomy, a word that most martial artists, in their zeal to make beaten veal through the application of the weal, and yet it is at the heart of it all.
I knew, when I began writing all those years ago, that such art was merely to temper and make understandable all the punching and kicking I was doing.
I had to dichotomize violence–that was the only way to endure and evolve.
Mindless violence is not mine; I want to know exactly what I do.
Saunter over to Monster Martial Arts, it’s good for the violence within. You can also pick up ten books for ten dollars. Just think, you can be cheap and well read. Whoa!