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The Hanshi of Central Park
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Hanshi is the highest rank attainable in the martial arts world. To receive this rank a man must be a very skilled and field-proven warrior, an exemplary teacher and a leader of men. But he is also a person. He prefers anonymity unless something extraordinary brings him to the forefront where he must use his inordinate talents. Hanshi David Mann lives in New York City and is one of forty legitimate men of title in the world. His temperament and philosophy of life are based on over sixty years of living and five decades of martial study and practice. His quiet, Zen-like life is structured on non-structure. He teaches at his dojo, writes books and works out with some of his students every dawn in Central Park regardless of the weather. One morning, Hanshi David Mann inadvertently becomes involved in a NYPD drug bust gone wrong and his life is forever changed.
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Hanshi is the highest rank attainable in the martial arts world. To receive this rank a man must be a very skilled and field-proven warrior, an exemplary teacher and a leader of men. But he is also a person. He prefers anonymity unless something extraordinary brings him to the forefront where he must use his inordinate talents.

Hanshi David Mann lives in New York City and is one of forty legitimate men of title in the world. His temperament and philosophy of life are based on over sixty years of living and five decades of martial study and practice. His quiet, Zen-like life is structured on non-structure. He teaches at his dojo, writes books and works out with some of his students every dawn in Central Park regardless of the weather.

One morning, Hanshi David Mann inadvertently becomes involved in a NYPD drug bust gone wrong and his life is forever changed.

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Richard Ballners lay in his bed wondering what had happened. In his mind everything had been planned for and it didn't make sense that Ramon Alvarez could have possibly known they were going to bust the operation wide open. He tried to piece together what had happened after he saw the guy jump out of nowhere. He remembered that someone had begun yelling from below and that as he started to move something went through his hand and into his stomach. He was confused and the morphine dripping through the tubes didn't help him to think clearly. He didn't feel too much pain or discomfort. What happened to Martine? Why had there been so much screaming?

He vaguely remembered Sinclair Jack coming to see him and tried to think about what he had told him. Something about a guy flying through the air. What was that all about? The guy just seemed to appear from nowhere and flew into Martine all in the span of less than a second. What was going on? He closed his eyes trying to get his thoughts together as slowly, the pieces started to come together. He remembered going for his piece when someone screamed. Then he saw this guy and told him to get away. He pointed the gun towards him and was instantly hit. Martine must have seen the guy attacking and came to help and then the guy seemed to float through the air, kicked her in the head and was gone.

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About Stephen

I am an acknowledged master speaker and educator and a teacher of ancient wisdom made practical for contemporary global society who entertains and educates audiences and groups by presenting the notions of what the ancient masters meant. Book titles include Musashi's Book...

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Aug.28.2008

SONSHI.COM: You are the author of two interpretative books, "The Book of Five Rings" and "The Art of War". We are fascinated by them because they are from a true warrior's point of view - a refreshing...

Jan.15.2011

Steve Kaufman, a karate expert living in New York City, has produced a responsible translation of Miyamoto Musashi’s classic. Although there is little in terms of historical context and background, Kaufman...

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