Research of Martial Arts
is a book about the true essence of martial arts. It includes neither instruction on deadly killing techniques, nor mystical tales of so called super-human masters. Rather, it is a vast compilation of seriously thought-out observations made on the subject by myself (Jonathan), as well as many other martial artists and scientists, with a slight touch of history and humour.
The goal of this project had from the start been to surpass the current standard in the martial arts literary market, and offer readers worldwide something which they have never seen before. In essence, a book in which are found countless answers for martial arts practitioners which they cannot be read elsewhere, which address commonly discussed martially-related topics with breadth and depth unparalleled in other works to this day (in any language). It holds among its pages no less than 220,000 words, containing knowledge which would be coveted by many.
The aim of this book is to present the reader a coherent, clear-cut, and in-depth view of some of the most perplexing and controversial subjects in the world of martial arts, as well as providing a healthy dose of philosophical outlook on these subjects (from various individuals). At its core is the author's aspiration to build a stronger theoretical foundation for the discussion of martial arts, while addressing matters in innovative ways, which I have come to believe, would help people to better grasp the nature of these arts. There are books by authors who will tell you that some aspects of the martial arts are too complex for concrete, coherent and defined explanations. Others have used ambiguous terminology to explain what they could not pronounce otherwise. This is no such book. This book was written to provide you with the solid, applicable answers and ideas that you could actually understand, and take away with you.
This book is mainly comprised of three parts:
Part I: From the Inside Out – External and Internal Gong Fu
This is essentially mostly a very long & thorough discussion of martial arts theory and practice. Traditional and modern concepts and methods are discussed through the mediums of Physiology, Biology, Anatomy, Psychology, Philosophy (Western and Oriental alike), sports science, and the author's personal experiences. The Internal Martial Arts of China receive a special, lengthier treatment in this part of the book.
Part II: Contemplations on Controlled Violence
This one is of a Philosophical and Psychological nature, and contains the author's personal thoughts and musings on the martial arts and their manifestation in our daily lives, with guest-articles by various martial arts teachers.
Part III: The Wisdom of Martial Spirits: Teachers, and the Things They Hold Dear
This part includes various interesting and comprehensive interviews with teachers of the martial arts. Some well-known, others not as much. Nonetheless, each and every one of them is a person whose views, thoughts and ideas are well-worth reading.
No matter the age, rank, status or experience – this book was written for everyone who see themselves part of the martial arts community. It is the author's sincere hope that any person who reads this book will benefit from the time he or she had spent doing so. May this work encourage others to continue intelligent writing and research in the field, as the author himself was pushed forth and built upon the knowledge others have shared before him.
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