|(The TKD Memoirs, listed below, are a winner of the Kampai Butokai Award!)|
Tae Kwon Do Memoirs Read what it is really like to train in
the martial arts. Written when I was a 38 year old woman with a third degree black belt in tae kwon do, a first degree brown belt in Shotokan karate, and experience for shorter stints in Iado, Judo, Wing Chun, and Kickboxing. Professional fighters, top-rated amateurs, black belts, white belts, and non-martial artists have written to me to praise my honest and funny account of the challenges and joys of MA training.Winner of the Kampai Budokai Site Award.
|Spirit of Excellence: My Favorite Weightlifter This is a brief photo essay about a person who is not a martial artist but who embodies that spirit of excellence taught in the martial arts. Overcoming prejudice and the limitations placed on this person by society and even by this person's own mind, this athelete has trained regularly and has taught me by example. I have a great admiration for this weight lifter, and I hope you enjoy this brief essay.
|Letters to a Great Lady: Strategies for Courage In 1999, I write three short letters to a great woman who was undergoing continual harassment from her estranged husband. She gave me permission to send her a longer series of essays on adopting a martial mindset against an aggressive attacker. The essays started as a series on Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings, but came to include principles of aikido and tae kwon do. This is a book on the mental aspect of fighting bullies, especially designed for women, but suitable for anybody.
Volume 2 Letters to a Great Lady: Strategies for Courage Continuing the essays from 1999-2000, I was permitted to correspond further with a woman whose former husband continues to try to find ways to harass and upset her. This briefer series of essays incorporates the Bible, the writings of Takuuan Soho, (Buddhist author of The Unfettered Mind), and my own experiences in the training hall. Volume 2 focuses more on the spiritual aspect of perceiving, understanding, and even forgiving bullies (while defeating them, of course), especially designed for women, but suitable for anybody. Readers will benefit by starting with Volume 1
The Art of War Translated by Lionel Giles, the complete, plain text. I removed the copious notes and annotations supplied by earlier editions. Students of warfare and strategy will find this bare bones translation easier for a quick read. It makes a good companion to the full Giles text. I've supplied brief definitions in a couple places and short introductions to explain each chapter. Otherwise, this text of AoW is straightforward and uncomplicated.
The 36 Stratagems of War Handed down from the oral tradition and incorporated into Chinese poetry, opera, drama, literature, and political thought, the 36 stratagems are a collection of proverbs and instructions on winning at war. I have supplied brief explanations and cross-references to Sun Tzu's Art of War. This will probably be an ongoing project.
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