Saturday, April 24, 2010

Book Review "Judo with words: An Intelligent Way to Counter Verbal Attacks"-2

In last post, I introduced this mental training book "Judo with words: An Intelligent Way to Counter Verbal Attacks".  As I explained, this is a Japanese book which I found in the library in San Mateo, CA.  But, ladies and gentlemen, there is a good news.  I liked the book so much that I wanted to read it in English.  So, I searched in Amazon, and found the English version of it.

That is how I found the English name "Judo with words: An Intelligent Way to Counter Verbal Attacks".  The following is the link of the English version of the same book with the same author, Barbara Berkham.

The image of the book is as shown to your right below, so that you would not make a mistake, since the author has several books listed in Amazon.

It is very good idea to use "Martial Art" techniques since there are a lot of useful guard techniques in Martial Art.  As the author is writing, the purpose of Judo or Aikido is not defeating your enemy nor picking up a street fight.  They are the art to avoid unnecessary fight and defend yourself who try to pick up such a fight against you.

The one of episodes of this book reminded me the ultimate status of martial arts.  That is "winning without fighting" or "wining before fighting".  It is contradictory saying "how come you can win without fighting or before fighting?  It looks impossible.  But it is not.  To better explain, I introduce a historical episode of a Japanese Steel Art master.  His name is "Ryoma Sakamoto".  The age was end of Tokugawa era and there were constant fights and killings between pros and cons of existing government of Tokugawa Shogunate.  Government hired an assassin group "Shinsen-gumi" to kill anti-government people, which "Ryoma" was one of them.

One day walking in the street, "Ryoma" and his friend encountered this killing machine group.  They were 20 or more Samurai Worriers.  Even Ryoma, being a master of Japanese Sword Art, 2 against 20 could never win.  Ryoma's friend being ready to pull out his sword and fight for death, Ryoma stopped him and walked toward his enemy group.  On his way, he picked up and held a cat.  He was singing, rubbing the cat, and continue walked toward the enemy group.  He did not even show a piece of fighting sign.  He said excuse me to the top people and walked through the group.   Shinsengumi, his enemy could not do anything and Ryoma with his friend were unharmed.  Later he explained that it is difficult for a person to harm the other, if the other did not show his intention of fighting.

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