The Way of the Modern Warrior is an explanation of the ethos of Japan's samurai warriors, practiced for over 1000 years. The author, Hanshi Stephen Kaufman, has been a warrior for 50 years, first as a member of the military, then as an advisor to the military, and finally as one of the world's most distinguished martial artists. In his years of experience he has collected the wisdom that comes from lessons learned and lessons taught. The 55 precepts in his new book are result of those years of experience and they will guide the modern day warrior as they devote energy and creativity to their lives. These precepts include Kaufman's insights about Arrogance; Ease and Grace; Wise Men and Evil; Being Genuine; and Shame and the Glory. The Way of the Modern Warrior is an essential handbook for the warrior who lives by honor, duty and service.
Stephen gives an overview of the book:
1 — Do not be afraid of change. It is the only thing you can depend on.
Change occurs through all things at all times. It is called life expressing its desire for new understanding and expression. If this did not occur, then imminent death would be the result, albeit not necessarily physical. When feelings of uncertainty arise in a person, it is usually the beginning of a new sense of consciousness even if that particular person does not go along with the driving force that is creating the unrest and causing a desire for change. There is never progress without conflict. Even in the midst of understanding one's art to a new level of awareness, the old forms will create impediments and discomfort toward acceptance of the new because of their own sense of conceptual beingness relative to the person undergoing the prelude to change. When the desire for a different set of circumstances arises, it is essential that you consider the move to the new consciousness. It is your soul telling you that it is time to move on. It will possibly reappear in your mind time after time until you make a decision of choice wherein you make the move or you don't. Eventually, if you don't, the feelings will subside and you may wonder later on why you didn't take advantage of your intuition. If you do, get ready for combat on any level it appears to emanate from. This is not a bad thing if you are prepared and self-assured.
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