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Secret Tactics

Secret Tactics

Lessons from the Great Masters of Martial Arts

This invaluable handbook presents ancient wisdom for contemporary readers—with brilliant new interpretations of fundamental works of strategy and tactics by the martial arts masters. It distills the important teachings on leadership, character and values found in those books.

For example, "The Hereditary Manual of Fighting Techniques" by Yagyu Tajimanokami Munenori demonstrates the relationship between Zen philosophy and warfare—and the mental toughness needed to succeed in any endeavor. Writings by Takuan Soho describe the unremitting effort needed to become a true master and shed light on the all-important path to self-realization and self-awareness. In "The School of Two Heavens," the famous writer Musashi Miyamoto shows how principles of samurai sword fighting may be applied to military (strategy) tactics, business or politics. Other writers like Mastuura Saizan describe how to overcome the weaknesses inherent in the human mind and how to develop the natural strength of the human body. "Tengu's Dialogue on the Martial Arts" by Issai Chosanshi meanwhile is an invaluable set of teachings presented in the form of a dialogue with a master.

These and a dozen other essays on strategy, combat tactics, psychology, leadership, good character, and the exercise of power, make Secret Tactics an indispensable resource for students of Asian culture, martial artists, and corporate executives.
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  • Tuttle Publishing | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780804834889 | 
  • August 2003
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