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Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters

By John Stevens

Budo Secrets - Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters

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Book Overview:  In budo—which can be translated as “the way of brave and enlightened activity”—martial arts and spirituality merge at the highest level of skill. Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo’s greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists—they’re for anyone who wants to live life more courageously, with a greater sense of personal confidence and self-control, and with a deeper understanding of others.  Click here for more info!

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“In true budo, there are no opponents.  In true budo we seek to be one with all things, to return to the heart of creation.  In real budo, there are no enemies.  Real budo is a function of love.  The way of a Warrior is not to destroy and kill but to foster life, to continually create.  Love is the divinity that can really protect us.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba, Budo Secrets

The Four Seasons of Mastery; How Swimming is the Mother of All the Arts.

The Four Seasons of Mastery

The following is an excerpt from Budo Secrets – Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters by John Stevens

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Water is the source of wisdom; swimming is the mother of all the arts.

Children should be introduced to the sea as early as possible.  Rather than being strictly “taught” how to float and swim, they should be unobtrusively guided at first in order to allow them to gradually acquaint themselves with the mystery of water. Continue reading

The Nine Views – Traditional Form of Meditation Taught to Samurai

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Enso – The “Circle of Zen.”

The following is an excerpt from Budo Secrets – Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters by John Stevens

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1 – Observe the Fundamental Rules
There is an etiquette to sitting meditation.  One can sit either in seiza (formal Jamanese style on the knees, in the lotus posture, or in a straight-backed chair.  One first needs to learn the rules for a proper meditation posture. Continue reading

Relax Your Mind; Flow Like A River – A Short Zen Story

Relax Your Mind; Flow Like A River - A Short Zen Story

There is the story of a young martial arts student who was under the tutelage of a famous master.

One day, the master was watching a practice session in the courtyard. He realized that the presence of the other students was interfering with the young man’s attempts to perfect his technique.

The master could sense the young man’s frustration. He went up to the young man and tapped him on his shoulder.

“What’s the problem?” he inquired.

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