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Moving Toward Stillness: Lessons in Daily Life from the Martial Ways of Japan

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"Moving Toward Stillness" is a collection based upon Dave Lowry's magazine articles from the past decade, mostly from his highly regarded column in "Black Belt magazine." Written from an almost Japanese perspective, it offers an entertaining and informative view of the Martial Arts' arts. Topics explored include entering the Martial Artst's way, making the pursuit of tradi...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Tuttle Publishing (first published February 15th 1999)
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Dave (I feel that we are on a first name basis, since I have read so many of his books) shares various insights on life he has learned during many years of serious martial arts training. He has a gift for tying his knowledge of the history of the samurai and the martial ways of old with present day training and life.

Thoroughly disappointed. I was weirded out by the over romanticism of Japan that basically pervades through the entire book. He claimed that it was not against the West, but rather against modernity. Japan, by any standard, is modern (and arguably more so than the West in some areas), so I'm not sure where exactly he was coming from.

Still, it was worth a read and certainly martial artists (and others too!) will find nuggets of knowledge or philosophy here.
I really liked this book. It is a collection of essays written by Dave Lowry on various subjects within the martial ways and daily life. I can not say I agree with everything Dave has to say, but it was a great book to seed some thoughts on the subject. It forced me to think more about why I do what I do, what I hope to get out of it, and what it is like to be on this journey.

Matthew Bowen
Another great collection of well-written essays covering a breadth of subjects as they relate to the modern budo practitioner. There is so much wisdom to take in that I will be re-reading this in the future.
This book is very much what I had envisioned the martial arts to be, an excellent read!
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