Jonathan Bluestein’s Research of Martial Arts is a book about the true essence of martial arts. It includes neither instruction on deadly killing techniques, nor mystical tales of so called super-human masters. Rather, it is a vast compilation of seriously thought-out observations made on the subject by the author, as well as many other martial artists and scientists, with a slight touch of history and humour.
The goal of this project had from the start been to surpass the current standard in the martial arts literary market, and offer readers worldwide something which they have never seen before. In essence, a book in which are found countless answers for martial arts practitioners which cannot be read elsewhere, addressing commonly discussed martially-related topics with breadth and depth unparalleled in other works to this day (in any language). It holds among its pages no less than 220,000 words, containing knowledge which would be coveted by many.
The aim of this book is to present the reader a coherent, clear-cut, and in-depth view of one of the crucial most perplexing and controversial subjects in the world of martial arts, as well as providing a healthy dose of philosophical outlook on these subjects (from various individuals). At its core is the author’s aspiration to build a stronger theoretical foundation for the discussion of martial arts, even as addressing matters in innovative ways, which he had come to consider, would help people to better grasp the nature of these arts. There are books by authors who will tell you that some aspects of the martial arts are too complex for concrete, coherent and defined explanations. Others have used ambiguous terminology to provide an explanation for what they could not pronounce another way. This is no such book. This book was written to provide you with the solid, applicable answers and ideas that you could in reality understand, and take away with you.
This book is chiefly comprised of three parts:
| Part I: From the Inside Out – External and Internal Gong Fu |
This is essentially mostly a very long & thorough discussion of martial arts theory and practice. Traditional and modern concepts and methods are discussed through the mediums of Physiology, Biology, Anatomy, Psychology, Philosophy (Western and Oriental alike), sports science, and the author’s personal experiences. The Internal Martial Arts of China receive a special, lengthier remedy in this part of the book.
| Part II: Contemplations on Controlled Violence | This one is of a Philosophical and Psychological nature, and contains the author’s thoughts on the martial arts and their manifestation in our daily lives, with guest-articles by various martial arts teachers.
| Part III: The Wisdom of Martial Spirits: Teachers, and the Things They Hold Dear |
This part includes various interesting and comprehensive interviews with distinguished martial arts masters, spanning dozens of pages each. Every one of the crucial interviewees is a person whose views and ideas are thought provoking and well-worth reading. The teachers interviewed in this book are:
Master Chen Zhonghua (Chen Taiji Quan)
Master Yang Hai (Xing Yi Quan, Bagua Zhang and Chen Taiji Quan)
Shifu Strider Clark (Tongbei Quan, Wu style Taiji, Shuai Jiao and more)
Shifu Neil Ripski (Traditional Drunken Fist and many others)
Sifu James Cama (Buddha Hand Wing Chun and Southern Praying Mantis)
Itzik Cohen Sensei (Shito-ryu Karate)
No matter the age, rank, status or experience – this book was written for everyone who see themselves part of the martial arts community. It is my sincere hope that any person who reads this book will get pleasure from the time he or she had spent doing so. May this work encourage others to continue intelligent writing and research in the field, as I used to be pushed forth and built upon the knowledge others have shared before me.
May you have a pleasant reading experience! =]