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    The Warrior Within about Bruce Lee's Martial Art Philosophy is a good book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ene View Post
    I think that is a wonderful way to proceed. I will see my teacher tomorrow at our training session I will ask him what he recommends. He's a great guy that walks on a cane [he was in a car accident, but as you know, a cane can be a mighty weapon] and has been training longer than most of us have been alive. If anybody knows, it will be him.

    Also, you would be interested in the healing aspects of martial arts and in the understanding of how energy moves and circulates throughout our bodies?
    Like Chi? I've been interested in that in the past and the distinction between so called hard and soft martial artistry, it disappoints me that this has been almost exclusively the territory of eastern martial arts and culture, I say that without racisim because I love those things myself but I wish that the western equivalents were preserved and as popular.

    Instead things like MMA or UFC stand in for it, those things are fine, I wouldnt knock anyones enjoyment of them but it seems like more brawling than anything else. Certainly these days, I remember when those things were young and it seemed much more like the ultimate matching of different styles of fighting but now its all like prison fighting or determined by viciousness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    The Warrior Within about Bruce Lee's Martial Art Philosophy is a good book.
    I havent got that, that's interesting, I've got his book JKD and the artist of life one. I like him but I've read good biographical examinations of JKD which suggest that it was a by product of American culture and a tendency for constant reinvention and novelty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    I really liked this. One of the things which struck me about it is that it appears that this course of studies which is probably expensive and open to quarters of the elite and society spectrum as a result appears to have a lot to do with what I would have considered basic socialisation in terms of how to handle, anticipate and reckon with failure, think and theorising styles etc. It almost seems like at a certain level academia is attempting to undo the sorts of conditioning which is fine for the plebs, that mix of certainty about free market fundamentalism and patriotic hubris has got to be understood and dispensed with but only if you're part of the ruling elect.

    I liked the question about whether or not democracies can do grand strategy, the reality, I believe, is that they can but they can not do the sort of elitist grand strategy which is typical of oriential despotism, deep states and oligarchs, it takes a certain level of education and cultural elevation of which I dont believe the majority of market democracies are willing to contemplate or pursue. The reason being that they're more marketplace than they are democracy and marketing deals more in fantasies, impulsivity, novelty, excitement, exhortation than thinking and judging.

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    BTW Peguys post was really the sort of thing I was thinking of for this thread.

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    I'm sure this is not what you're looking for after viewing the video, but my teacher recommended a book called Chi Kung by Master Lam Kam Chuen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ene View Post
    I'm sure this is not what you're looking for after viewing the video, but my teacher recommended a book called Chi Kung by Master Lam Kam Chuen.
    I'm not excluding anything at all, thank you and thanks to your teacher

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    Your are welcome. I hope it contains some useful knowledge and inspiration for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    BTW Peguys post was really the sort of thing I was thinking of for this thread.
    Here's a few books that may interest you:

    The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050


    The Sociology of War and Violence

    Both very good reads, adressing the too often neglected role of social factors in shaping the nature of warfare.

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Violence-Mic...264823&sr=8-37



    This is one of my favourites, it talks about violence being for most people a kind of "forward panic"

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