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Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think

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A step-by-step approach to applying the Japanese warrior's mind set to martial training and daily life.
ebook, 312 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Barricade Books
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Jake
This is my second time reading this book. The first time was probably about ten years ago, and back then, I thought it was awesome. This time around, I have considerably more mixed feelings.

Living the Martial Way is "is a concise manual for training in warrior-ship". The goal, according to the author, is to provide an outline whereby someone seeking to follow the true warrior's path can learn how to do that. Morgan breaks his book into three sections: the first, The Way of Training, discusses th
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Koshin
Apr 04, 2010 Koshin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: martial_arts
This book is like bitter coffee. At first you may not like the taste but it definitely wakes you up. This book is about living as a warrior in modern times. The book explains how to think and act like a warrior in modern times. Some of the reviews I have read point to the authors views as elitist by proclaiming that warriors are a step above everyone else or that most martial artists are mere hobbyists playing combat sports instead of training like warriors. Some have taken exception to the auth ...more
Miroku Nemeth
May 16, 2012 Miroku Nemeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Asian martial arts are grounded in a rich heritage of blood and honor, and they have a great deal to offer serious students in today’s dangerous world. Unfortunately, in most modern schools that heritage has been lost. It seems that the modern world and the marketing that drives it revolves around sports competition. As a result, students in today’s schools are only getting the surface features of a deeply rooted tradition, and even older styles of the traditional arts are gradually losing ...more
Don
May 30, 2011 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An OUTSTANDING book which helps Westerners integrate the way of the warrior into a pedestrian, set-the-bar-lower-please society.
Lance Schonberg
On the face of things, this seems like it should be a good read, and right up my alley, considering the more intellectual aspects of the martial arts and the consideration of life and the art as a whole.

The author divides things into three sections: The Way of Training, The Way of Honor, and The Way of Living.

For the first section, The Way of Training, the author seems to favour a harsh, difficult training regimen occupying every waking moment that isn’t spent in your day job. Looking beyond thi
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Isaac Holloway
Living the Martial Way I think is a text I would recommend to serious students of the martial arts. I find that I agree in many ways with the author go about describing how warriors ought to comport themselves and its easy to tell the seriousness in which he takes what that calling. I appreciate his discussion of Doctrine, Strategy and Tactics as well as his explanation of somewhat esoteric principles like Mushin or Zanshin. I was particularly impressed with the way Morgan defends the kata so mu ...more
Sylvan Clarke
I liked Mr Morgan's honesty and boldness in challenging the status quo of modern martial arts. It takes a brave person to question how the 'Master' status' within martial arts are attained and if indeed the 'Master' status' are relevant after all technical stages have been achieved, but Mr Morgan explains his findings very well with sound reasoning and a good link back to the martial way of living. The book provides some very good concepts on how to improve your physical and psychological martia ...more
Grace Messimer
There was some good information but the majority of this came off as arrogant bragging from the author, which made me think lowly of his information as well.
Chris Piehota
Not a bad book. The author provided some interesting perspectives from his own personal experiences. The book is written more as a personal memoir rather than an instructional recount on how to learn and use martial arts in one's life. This is not an instructional book about fighting.
Rachelle
At times I found the tone of the author to be a little abrasive, but thought the first part of the book was very useful for those that martial arts is a lifetime dedication. Morgan gives great advice on how how to be part of a particular style, and how to choose one, and still expand and grow as a martial artist in exploring other styles and systems. I was not as interested in the second half, which deals with warrior ethics, but could be useful to others.
Chris
Jul 15, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: martial-arts
This book should be on the shelf of every martial artist. Strike that, it should be on the bedside table of every martial artist so it's easily accessible. Forrest E. Morgan puts his years of martial training, experience in the military, and considerable erudition to good use in what can only be described as a modern classic.

His book covers many areas associated with martial arts; physical training, general fitness, the nature of martial arts, the value of sparring vs. patterns, honor and oblig
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Thomas Dineen
Jun 16, 2009 Thomas Dineen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to add much to the praise that this superb book has already garnered, except to say that it's one of the most elegantly written and deeply felt texts in a field not always known for the verbal skill or cultural awareness of its authors.

Forrest Morgan concentrates not so much on fighting tactics or specific combat matters, but rather on how practitioners should conceive of martial arts study as a vital aspect of their daily lives. The author's gravity and austere integrity are bracing,
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Mark
May 04, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting read for dedicated students of any martial art. It is, in my opinion, more accessible than similar texts of Asian origin.

There were a few things I disagreed with, for example he said cross training is fine but that you should NEVER start another art without the intention of pursuing it to the end. Personally I don't find anything wrong with giving a year of your time and money to learn from someone if they are willing to teach you.

There were also times when he gave ex
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Jeff G
Nov 22, 2015 Jeff G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read and re-read this book approx. 4 times since 2004. One of the best martial arts books I've ever read.

Be forewarned this book is more about philosophy than a technical manual showing various moves and combinations.

This book really relates the warrior mindset to people who practice the martial arts and in particular the Asian arts. What I enjoyed is that this book can teach you how to live the warrior way even if you aren't in a profession that is considered classical warriors (military
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James Neal
Jun 19, 2011 James Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Living the Martial Way was in the waiting room just outside of the dojo training room when I was studying Tae Kwon Do, buried beneath piles of Black Belt and other various magazines. As an artist, I liked the cover design and picked it up.
A whole new world opened up to me, so much so that from my first day of TKD, I took my training beyond seriously. I lived as a martial wayist. My only regret is not continuing to live by those tenets after leaving the dojo(my family ran out of money). Having
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Olivia
Aug 27, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4, depending on my mood when I read it. This was a good, informative martial arts manual that placed a lot of emphasis on the way of being a modern-day warrior. I learned a good bit of information from it, and while it wasn't the most compelling read, it also wasn't 100% dry. The only things that bothered me was the second-person often used (which is more due to the fact that it has been beaten into me not to use it in formal writing; this was an instructional manual though, so it's excusabl ...more
Gerry Lynch
Mar 29, 2014 Gerry Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you only read one martial arts book make it this one. Most martial arts books are self serving hookum. This book encapsulates what it is to study and live by the martial way. You don't even have to study the martial arts to get a great deal of proper living advice from this book. I have read it every other year to get my life on track.
Bob
Sep 26, 2011 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, even for those not in a martial mind set. Can help you get there. With so many (99%) of so called dojo's in this country having very little if any legit format or training, it can help you to not only improve your life but attain the level you wish by Morgans insight and experience.
Well worth the money and time.
Keith Keffer
Jul 27, 2013 Keith Keffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: karate
I've lost track of the number of copies of this book that I've owned. I was constantly lending it to friends in the martial arts and then telling them to keep it when they told me how much they liked it.

If the martial arts are more than just competition to you, then I highly recommend reading a copy of this book.
Renfairecryer
For the modern warrior, this book is a must. It basically breaks down Bushido, explains its history, and teaches some ways to apply bushido today. It teaches values and principles and how to be a warrior and live a warrior like life without the extreams of anchient day bushido.
Chris Hayhurst
Apr 05, 2016 Chris Hayhurst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book about warrior mindset. One of the most invaluable things I've taken from this book is the concept of doctrine, strategy, and tactics. Once I learned about this, it changed my thought process about martial arts forever.

I can't recommend this book enough!
J. Harvey
Mar 28, 2009 J. Harvey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book that changed my view on life and what is considered a good, decent living. Aimed more toward Martial Artists or soldiers who may find themselves disheartened by the modern world and society.
Mark
Jul 16, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seeing the martial arts in a new light.

The martial arts as a vehicle for cultivating your spirit. What do you want? Is it internal or external? Forrest Morgan details the warrior way of life.
Lauren
Dec 02, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: martial-arts
A very good read for those with more than a passing interest in the martial arts. I've only read this book once and feel it take more readings to appreciate fully.
A Blane
Mar 10, 2014 A Blane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the way this book was organized, and presented. It relates martial arts training as a way of living in and viewing the world for all martial artists.
Valenfore Alestreneon
A phenomenal book of Warrior Wisdom, which can help cure the pseudo-warrior who's really just a fool fascinated with violence.
Robert
Jun 16, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daily Regimen
Warrior Mentality
Posture
Definite appreciation for traditional martial arts and kata
good overview of confuscious, tao, buddha, and shinto
Don’t agree with the diet tips
Steven
Sep 27, 2014 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: karate
I did enjoy the training and strategy bits of this book, but a lot of it didn't really appeal to me.

I would say 3.5 out of 5 instead of 5.
Bonita
Mar 10, 2011 Bonita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not just about martial arts. It is about living right. One of my TKD instructors (Bruce A.) suggested it to me years ago. An excellent read. ~ Bonita
RJ
Sep 01, 2015 RJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in high school, but I remember really enjoying this book. It was more of a guide to personal responsibility than anything else. I remember this book leaving me with a sense of purpose.
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“But true mastery in The Martial Way involves more than mere physical prowess and expertise. The master warrior is a man of character, a man of wisdom and insight. These goals are far more elusive than those regarding technical expertise. Elusive they may be, but you can begin the long road towards character development by learning to recognize and pursue internal versus external objectives.” 1 likes
“First, however, the student must realize that any system he or she may practice is artificial. That is to say, mastery of it is not the desired end in itself but only a vehicle towards that end. Second, the individual must be able to subdue the external gratifications of rank, prestige, competitive victory, and ego in general for the truer rewards of personal development. Finally, the prospective adherent must realize that The Martial Way does not start and end at the door of the training hall. It is a way of life in which every action, in and out of the training hall, is done in the context of warriorship.” 1 likes
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