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Intro to Zen and the Art of Stickfighting

Zen and the Art of Stickfighting is a book for anyone who wants to learn to defend him, or herself with a walking stick, cane, or umbrella. This book will teach you to wield a stick properly, starting with selecion of a stick, the correct grips and prescribed methodology, and how to use the techniques for maximum effect with minimum effort. Personal results will depend upon the amount of study and practice you put into acquiring these new skills. The student’s physical condition may present some limitations, but these reasons alone should not deter anyone with a sincere desire to learn. Stickfighting can be mastered by anyone with the diligence to acquire the necessary skills.
The realistic and functional Zen attitudes of attack/no-attack and going into the attack are stressed. These ideas focus on the evolution of overall interactive strategies used by real-life warriors since time immemorial, and how such warriors have been helped by these ideas to overcome shortcomings in their lives. When you become familiar with these principles, along with the accompanying techniques, you will be able to deal with any situation, not only physically, but mentally as well.
Much repetition is used throughout the text to enforce the main ideas that lead to proficiency and effectiveness. Other than that, there is no profound philosophy in this book. The “Zen Tips” are specific to what you are learning and will benefit you in your studies. Take them to heart, think them through, and heed the advice they reveal. You will find that Zen thinking is simply an awareness of yourself and your envvironment as uncommon sense.

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