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

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  631 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A step-by-step approach to applying the Japanese warrior's mind set to martial training and daily life.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Barricade Books
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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
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
“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
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
An OUTSTANDING book which helps Westerners integrate the way of the warrior into a pedestrian, set-the-bar-lower-please society.
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
Thomas Dineen
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,
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
Gerry Lynch
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.
James Neal
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
Excellent book.
Great job of applying ancient concepts and values of the martial arts to the modern day martial artist. Anyone can see the value and enjoy this book.
A Blane
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.
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.
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 5 of 5 stars
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.
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.
J. Harvey
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.
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
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.
Oct 23, 2008 Carrie is currently reading it
Loving every minute. Author seems to be pretty biased to Asian arts though, I'd have thought there were only Asian if not for my coach.
Dean Sundmark
Good ethical and philosophical martial arts book. Covers broad spectrum of ideas about how to think about and train in the martial arts.
Valenfore Alestreneon
A phenomenal book of Warrior Wisdom, which can help cure the pseudo-warrior who's really just a fool fascinated with violence.
My all time favorite martial arts book. I give this book to all of my advanced students as a study guide.
This book is fantastic, insightful, and enlightening. It is a must for everyone living a warrior lifestyle.
Jim Bouchard
Challenges you to live by the highest ideals of the warrior ethic and mindset. Not for the faint of heart!
Dec 23, 2012 Aaron added it
A decent look at a warrior's perspective from a non-warrior, ultimately a bit disconnected.
Sep 24, 2008 Jeanette is currently reading it
from what i've heard, this should be a staple in every martial artist's bookcase.
Andy R.
This is a foundational work on the topic of Martial Arts as a way of life.
The best book on the martial arts I've yet read. Inspirational.
Michael Baker
Excellent. Well written. Reads fast. Useful.
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