Barefoot Zen by Nathan Johnson

 

Barefoot ZenIn his controversial approach to the origins of kung fu and karate, Nathan Johnson contends, quite convincingly, that these arts were never intended as a means of self defense, but rather a method of moving meditation – a physical expressions of Zen in pursuit of wisdom, peace and enlightenment.

The author shows how flowing partner drills were used a method of ‘kinetic meditation’ between pairs, designed as a practical tool to help practitioners transcend the fear and insecurity of everyday living. Well researched and presented, Johnson offers a fascinating view of the martial arts that is worthy of serious examination and consideration.

 

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