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The highest level of consciousness in martial arts is mushin, or “no mind,” a state that provided the samurai with no fear of death. To achieve this state is considered the summit of martial arts and Zen practice.
But how do you get there? Traditionally the answer has been to train again and again. With twenty years of experience and a black belt in Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu karate, Dr. Ernst Arnold does not dispute the vital importance of training. Instead he combines traditional thought with modern scientific knowledge to help students understand and reach mushin.
After providing basic principles of Zen thought, Dr. Arnold dissects the teachings of four of the most respected masters of traditional martial arts: Miyamoto Musashi, Gichin Funakoshi, Masutatsu Oyama, and Bruce Lee. From there he moves into the modern scientific world, explaining what the masters intuitively understood and adding practical strategies of his own.
Mushin offers new ways to see and train while upholding traditional approaches. By combining the old with the new, he hopes to point the way to readers to make the leap from martial artisans to true artistry.
About the Author:
Dr. Ernst Arnold is a free-thinking chemist and a primary examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. With over twenty years of martial arts training, Dr. Arnold holds a black belt in Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu karate and regularly contributes to Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu newsletters.
Dr. Arnold fills his free time in both intellectual and physical pursuits by studying the science of art, the art of science, and philosophy as well as karate, powerlifting, hiking, and mountain biking. He one day desires to run his own school of Zen martial arts based on the principles he has established to fully develop and balance the mind and body.
He lives in Hagerstown, Maryland with his wife Nancy and two teenage sons, Ernst and Bryce.
Title: Mushin: A Right-Brain State of Awareness ...
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2015
Book Condition: Used: Good
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