Moving Toward Stillness

Moving Toward Stillness: Lessons in Daily Life from the Martial Ways of Japan
By Dave Lowry.
Published by Charles E. Tuttle, 2000.
US$16.95 (+shipping).
ISBN: 0-8048-3160-2.
185 p. Paperback.
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Okay, so I am a little embarrassed to admit this, but years ago when I was completely new to the world of martial arts, I did occasionally pick up a copy of Black Belt Magazine. Since I was, at the time, a teacher of English composition at Indiana University, my evaluation of the "rag" was swift and certain--almost totally worthless. There was, however, that one exception that kept me peeking at Black Belt whenever I got the chance--Dave Lowry's elegantly written column, "The Karate Way." Although the title indicates that the column was directed at karateka, I quickly discovered that the lessons and tidbits it contained were universally useful.

How marvelous, then, to finally have these essays collected into a single volume! Moving Toward Stillness is both a must-read and a keeper, and I've added it to our required reading list. Beginners will benefit from the wide range of topics and the curmudgeonly and well-argued criticism of the Westernization of the Japanese ways. Experts will find new analogies, unexpected contrasts, and a fresh perspective on cherished beliefs.

I recommend this book highly, but don't take my word for it. Read the excerpts I've posted here: "Entering the Doorway", "Get a New Wife", and "The Luxury of Anger." Then buy the book and enjoy the other forty-three chapters!

Diane Skoss

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