While technical prowess and physical power are essential characteristics of a martial artist, true mastery of the art comes by cultivating one’s inner strength. Here, Kenji Tokitsu‚Ä∞√õ√ìan authority on Japanese and Chinese combat arts and a respected karate teacher‚Ä∞√õ√ìshows how cultivating ki (life force) and understanding the principles of budo (the martial path of self-development) can make training in martial arts more meaningful, effective, and personally and spiritually rewarding.
Tokitsu emphasizes the mental aspects of martial arts practice including:
‚Ä∞_ The importance of ki development ‚Ä∞_ Seme, or capturing your opponent’s mind ‚Ä∞_ Understanding ma, the spatial relationship in combat
Studying these concepts, he explains, gives martial artists the tools to train for a lifetime and at the very highest level. Tokitsu also gives a historical and cultural survey of budo, and explains how the Western view of budo training is different than the Japanese‚Ä∞√õ√ìa perspective rarely available to Western martial artists.
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