On the Warrior's Path Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology

ISBN-10: 158394219X

ISBN-13: 9781583942192

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Daniele Bolelli

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The urge to forge one's character by fighting, in daily life as well as on the mat, appeals to something deep within us. More than a collection of fighting techniques, martial arts constitute a path to developing body, spirit, and awareness. On the Warrior's Path connects the martial arts with this larger perspective, merging delicate philosophies with no-holds-barred competition: Nietzsche with Bruce Lee, radical Taoism and Buddhism with the Star Wars Trilogy, traditional martial arts with basketball and American Indian culture. Though the warrior seems to manifest contradictory values, Bolelli describes the heart of this tension: how the training of martial technique leads to a renunciation of violence, and how overcoming fear leads to a unique freedom. In this second edition, two new chapters have been added. The first looks at relationship between spirituality and combat sports. Most people believe traditional inner martial arts are inherently better in terms of spirituality and personal development, as opposed to combat-oriented sports, which may be more effective in the ring, but are for brutes only interested in winning competitions. The author challenges this view, discussing how true spirituality can emerge from the very physical nature of combat sports, in confronting our fears and immediate danger, putting everything on the line. In the second chapter, On Failed Friendships, Martial Arts, Nietzsche, and Self-Perfection, Bolelli speaks openly about his own journey through great adversity with the martial arts as his main support.
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List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 7/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Daniele Bolelli is a writer, college professor and martial artist. Born in Milan, Italy, he is part of a family of writers. His father, Franco Bolelli, is one of the most influential modern Italian philosophers, while his mother, Gloria, is the author of four books and a freelance journalist.His first book published in the United States wasOn the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology. It is one of the top modern bestsellers on the philosophy of martial arts and has been used as a textbook in several universities in the United States, Canada and Italy. A fourth-degree black belt, Bolelli has taught seminars about martial arts in schools around the world and has coached and fought professionally in mixed martial arts (MMA).Bolelli is a lecturer at several major universities in Southern California. He is a professor in the History Department at Santa Monica College, teaching courses on the history of religions. He also teaches in the Asian American Studies and World Arts Cultures Departments at UCLA and the American Indian Studies Department at CSULB.Bolelli is a regular contributor for several magazines both in Italy and in the United States. A graduate of UCLA with Bachelors and Masters degrees, he lives in Los Angeles.

The Body as a Temple
More Than Martial, More Than Art: Martial Arts and the Alteration of Consciousness
In the Company of a Nomadic Samurai and a Chinese Poet Warrior: The Strategies of Martial Arts Applied to Everyday Life
The Princess and the Warrior, the Yin and the Yang: The Feminine in the Martial Arts
The Warrior's Rites
In the Dojo
When I Remember Who I Am, Nothing Is a Problem: The Practice
The Master
The Weapons
Kata and Forms
Styles (Part One)
Styles (Part Two)
Martial Arts, Media, and Myth
Six Warrior Archetypes
The Samurai
The Ninja
The Searchers
The Hermit
The Ronin
The Tribal Warrior
The Warrior As Bodhisattva
Making Order Out of Chaos: A Typology of Martial Arts Styles
The Model
Performance Arts
Internal Arts
Weapon Arts
Self-Defense Arts
Combat Sports
Combined Combat Sports
Finding the Buddha in a Cage: The Difficult Marriage Between Martial Arts Philosophy and No-Holds-Barred Competition
Epistemological Anarchism: The Philosophy of Jeet Kune do
Not New, Yet New
The Break with Chinese Tradition
If You Meet the Buddha, Kill Him: JKD's Allergy for Authority
Martial Arts Styles as Ideological Prisons: Freedom from Belonging
Using No Way as the Way: Lee's Epistemological Anarchism
Philosophy Goes to the Movies (And Spills Popcorn All Over Itself)
Jeet Kune Do as the Archetypal Martial Art of the 1960s
Sacred and Profane: Combat Sports As Athletic Philosophy
On Failed Friendships, Martial Arts, Nietzsche, and Self-Perfection
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