The Martial Arts Manual
on AUG. / 04 / 2011 | 0 comments
by Simon Scher
AuthorHouse Publishing © 2010
Review by Aaron Wayne-Duke
The Martial Arts Manual is presented as a companion to any “true martial artist” by offering insights and instruction on strategy, training and philosophy. It could also be considered a motivational thesis by Scher, who is an accomplished martial artist.
The book is filled with interesting thoughts and while much of the content seems to be rehashed and rearranged quotes from other sources. Scher does an honorable job of challenging the reader to think, investigate, research and refine their art or system. It's a decent gathering of information for the martial artist but it's been said better by other sources. Sun Tzu's “The art of war” and Bruce Lee's “Tao of Jeet Kune Do” are obviously influences on Scher's work.
A proper bibliography should have been included in this book as there is no credit given to any of the quotes or stories included within The Martial Arts Manual. If one reads this book, one would have to assume that Scher is taking all credit for the content but again nothing new is really being said. Scher fails to credit any outside sources in his 100 pages.
Writing a book about martial arts strategy, training and philosophy is admirable. Sharing your experiences, thoughts and insights with the world makes you vulnerable to criticism. Not all martial artists are great actors (no names will be mentioned), great authors or great humanitarians. Scher goes beyond the physical practice of his art and steps out of that comfort zone with this book. It's one thing to practice martial arts, it is another to transcend that art, strategy and philosophy to others. Although this book falls short in the originality department Scher should be applauded for his effort to contribute to the world of martial arts and the millions that practice them.
Scher is someone you could probably “talk shop” with for hours. I would be interested in reading further books from him. While he doesn't hit a home run on his first at bat, he is off to a respectable start as a martial arts author.
2 out of 5 stars