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What martial arts philosophy books are recommended for martial arts originating outside East Asia?

My awareness of martial arts philosophical works is limited exclusively to those of Chinese and Japanese origin. I would like to learn more about martial arts philosophies from other cultures and to ...
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Is a dualistic perspective required to grasp nei gong?

I've started reading "Daoist Nei Gong" by Damo Mitchell, but I'm struggling with most of the concepts because I don't share the same metaphysical perspective. What prompted me to read it was ...
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What does it mean to "eat bitter" in Chinese gongfu

This is an old Chinese idiom, but it seems to have a special importance in Chinese martial arts, where it might be said to be a central maxim. Essentially, some form of: "To get good gongfu, ...
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Should striking martial arts be banned? [closed]

Striking martial arts are very popular these days, boxing and mma tend to attract a lot of attention by martial arts enthusiasts but should they really be praised like that? Striking martial arts have ...
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What is meant by "Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own."

I don't have Bruce Lee's book, so maybe I just need more context about what he meant. But as both a student and instructor, I'm bemused by the possibilities from this oft-quoted saying. What does it ...
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Philosphy and history of Okinawan Karate

I've recently started stufdying Goju Ryu. I have some training and a black belt in a few other styles. One of the things that I miss with some masters here is their lack of historical and ...
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Is there an "ideology" in martial arts that would question/not abide to hierarchical and authoritarian martial arts organizations/cultures? [closed]

Is there an "ideology" in martial arts that would question/not abide to hierarchical and authoritarian martial arts organizations/cultures? Particularly, I've been thinking of starting a martial arts ...
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ITF Taekwondo Patterns Information- Yul Gok & Toi Gye

I study ITF Taekwondo, and our patterns are named for significant people, places, groups, or events in Korean history. I was trying to learn more about the Neo-Confucian beliefs of Yi-Hwang ( Toi Gye)...
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What do the Shorinji Kempo Organisations do?

I'm approaching my 1st Kyu grading for Shorinji Kempo. But I'm having trouble with one of the essay topics. I know next to nothing about Shorinji Kempo Organizations within Japan yet I'm supposed ...
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If the instructor recommends advancement, should I trust them?

So after a few months of training, my instructor eventually told me I was ready to test for belt advancement. I got very emotional and I didn't know how to react. Contrary to the reaction of pride you ...
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Who said there are 3 paths of judo and where can I find the quote

Someone has said there are 3 paths (or types of practitioner) of judo. It goes something like this, but I might remember the details a bit wrong: One is a competitor, advances quickly in rank, but ...
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Looking for martials arts with similar wing chun mindset

My sifu moved to another point in the city and the usual place where the group used to train was moved too, and now, for me the actual place is too far away from me. I spent half of my day going there;...
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How does martial arts philosophy consider suicide?

I was advised to ask this as a separate question, and would suggest reading the related question and answers. Suicide has only in the past decade or so received the attention it deserves as a serious ...
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How do General Choi and his peers consider mental illness

I am a seasoned instructor of taekwon-do, and love working with all the kids; oftentimes I talk about the important things in life with them: How to handle life and all the odd balls it'll throw at ...
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Why is more time dedicated to exercises and very less for sparring? Is it for the fee?

In some forms of Karate, sparring with a partner is done just once in three months. The rest of the time is spent in strength exercises, katas, flexibility exercises and ab crunches. I've noticed this ...
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What sort of questions drive karate forward? [closed]

I've seen all sorts of stuff on the more philosophical side of karate, such as: 1) karate is not about aggression it is about self defense 2) there's no such thing as a first strike in karate 3) ...
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How can I use mindfulness to regain focus during Muay Thai?

Focus concerns during Muay Thai drills I'm quite fixated on the cognitive level of martial arts and as I'm doing beginner Muay Thai at present - I'll narrow the scope only to mindfulness practice on ...
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War is a continuation of policy/politics/diplomacy by other means

I don't think it can be argued that what we are doing is the study of conflict (this sentence is true on many levels and gets funnier the more levels you go up). Is it proper to limit one's study ...
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Are championships against Aikido philosophy?

While I was in Brazil, I heard that there is no such thing and it's against the Aikido principles, but I don't remember more than that. In the UK, I heard about some guys that do it. Is there really ...
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What is Fudo Myo-o (concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin)?

stslavik in an answer related to Kenjutsu mentions the concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin as part of Fudo Myo-o. While I am somewhat familiar with all three, I am seeking a more in depth ...