Be Like Water: Practical Wisdom from the Martial Arts
Warner, 2003 (2003)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his little book takes both martial arts philosophies and specific techniques and explains how they can apply to daily life as '
'. The author, Joseph Cardillo, a black belt in Kenpo karate, advises us to
Be Like Water
, to go with the flow.
e goes into a brief history of the martial arts as a '
holistic discipline for the strengthening of body, mind and spirit
' and offers principles for living to readers, whether involved in the martial arts or not. Each chapter presents a specific martial arts concept - from '
' to find your center to '
' in order to seek enlightenment - with examples of its applications '
off the mats
' and suggested exercises (meditations and resolutions).
or example, one section discusses '
Finding Your Range
' - the distance between opponents that you can master in combat, but also the optimal distance to take in one-to-one interactions with other individuals in life. Some will be more effective than others. Cardillo speaks of the greatest combat that we face as being '
against that force
that has kept us from being everything we are and can be.
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