The Ancient Bing-fa: Martial Arts Strategy

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As the book explains, the philosophical basis for all Asian martial arts was originally the Sunzi Bing-fa, known in English as Sun Tzu's The Art of War. If you practice or even teach any of the martial arts, this book is will give you a unique and valuable insight to the true founding spirit of your training. Chosen as one of the Best SPORTS Books of the Year by Foreword Magazine.

Originally, martial arts practice was designed to train the mind, body, and spirit. However, the intellectual basis of martial arts practice was lost because its source, the Bing-fa, was suppressed by China's rulers and intentionally replaced with the spiritual teachings of first Taoism and later Buddhism. The book start with the complete history of martial arts in China, showing how the whole concept of martial training began with Sun Tzu's work and how and why the practice of martial arts was disconnected from the teaching of strategy.

The body of the book contains our complete, award-winning translation of The Art of War on the left-hand pages. On the facing pages we explain each stanza in terms of the practice of martial arts, the way the original martial artists would have read it.

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If you are teaching the martial arts, the knowledge in this book will add a new, powerful dimension to your programs that will benefit your students in every aspect of their lives!