I’ve reviewed a variety of books on this (apparently) martial arts film web site, often with a constructive vibe as I are inclined to give attention to what I like as an alternative of what I dislike.
However truthful is truthful, at instances I do state it after I really dislike one thing. Contemplating I often give attention to the constructive, you understand I will need to have discovered no worth in one thing after I give a damaging evaluate.
So, spoiler alert, I actually don’t suggest this ebook I’m about to evaluate – it’s referred to as “The Method of the Trendy Warrior – Residing the Samurai Ideally suited within the 21st Century”.
In saying that, that is all my private opinion and expertise and needs to be taken as such.
What is that this ebook about?
Nicely, at first look I assumed this ebook could be promising. Taking the samurai beliefs that we’ve all fallen in love with and romanticized after which making use of them to actual life sounds not solely intriguing however fairly helpful.
The way you carry your self, preserving your expertise sharp, serving these most essential to you, taking duty to your actions (considering Seppuku right here lol)– these are samurai beliefs that may assist individuals of all ages higher themselves (oh, EXCEPT Seppuku on this case).
Now a number of the classes on this ebook are first rate however hardly value studying the entire ebook for, so it’s not fully ineffective. It’s simply that the creator, ‘Hanshi’ Stephen Kaufman, goes about explaining these ideas to the reader and throughout the course of, usually offers crummy recommendation that appears centered at younger (simply influenced) individuals on the lookout for steering.
The teachings are often so primary that I assumed this could possibly be a very good learn for 12-14 yr olds initially. However as I learn additional, I noticed that this type of content material could be harmful for a minor – in my view.
At instances he speaks of judging individuals’s conduct based mostly fully off unrelated character traits, mainly saying “that if somebody acts a sure means, then they often they’ve this different unrelated drawback”. Which I feel is damaging, because it encourages individuals to make assumptions about individuals based mostly on nothing however one man’s opinion. This can be a minority within the ebook, however plenty of the recommendation right here really appears very immature in nature – to me personally.
The motion somebody might take based mostly off a number of the concepts on this ebook is a quick strategy to find yourself alienating individuals and your self.
Who’s Stephen Kaufman?
He’s the creator of this ebook. Yep…
Additionally, he’s a tenth diploma black belt!
Fairly spectacular! He straight up proclaims it to be essentially the most prestigious accomplishment in all of martial arts proper on the again cowl. I do know a handful of genuine 8th and 9th diploma black belts – they’re all humble, none of them proclaiming their rank to be a cause to respect them – however their data and accomplishments. To be trustworthy, they don’t declare themselves as having the “most prestigious” or “greatest” achievement of their discipline. They’re fairly humble.
So studying abou this, is being a tenth dan extra prestigious than being a world champion MMA fighter? Is it higher than being a lifetime martial artist who has devoted his life to serving to different individuals overcome actual points? What a few 6 month blue belt who has saved a life along with his expertise? I discover it a really egotistical assertion, even for a person promoting himself.
The belt is nothing with out outcomes, so why not promote the outcomes of your experience?
I made a decision to dig just a little…he’s a tenth diploma in Hebi-Ryu – his personal system of martial arts!
Positive, that doesn’t imply he’s pretend, but it surely doesn’t assist his case. Both means, I did some analysis Kaufman and it simply didn’t actually encourage any confidence. I don’t essentially suppose this man is a pretend, however I personally don’t fairly belief his credentials. If I don’t belief his credentials how can I belief the ‘skilled’ phrases he wrote? The phrases themselves are sufficient to have you ever second guess.
It’s additionally poorly written.
So the ebook incorporates easy classes (whether or not helpful or not), excellent to assist younger, struggling individuals on the lookout for steering…
..but it surely’s written in such a convoluted means that anybody who struggles with the English language won’t ever perceive what the hell he’s saying. I re-read a number of passages and I acquired it, however I do know individuals who would throw the ebook within the bin the second they acquired to such an impediment.
Easy classes, aimed toward younger individuals – written in a language made for individuals born within the time of Shakespeare.
It’s not precisely a protracted or deep ebook, the language to me simply appears actually misplaced. To be trustworthy, flipping to every chapter (fortunate to be greater than a web page lengthy), the titles themselves are essentially the most helpful a part of the ebook as a result of they’re open to interpretation. So a easy web page of quotes would cowl this ebook extra successfully than the precise written phrases inside it.
My conclusion – are you able to guess?
Look, I don’t like negativity. I even hate saying or releasing critiques like this. However in the event you’re going to have your voice heard it’s essential to get on the market and level out the unhealthy stuff too.
In my private opinion, this ebook is fairly skinny, not very nicely written and incorporates some poor recommendation about life. Give it a miss!
In the event you’re hell-bent on getting it anyway, you could find it on Amazon right here. Thanks for studying!