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#128900 - 03/24/03 08:03 PM Current Trends in MA Publishing
Victor Smith Offline
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Lately I'm wondering if there's anyting really new coming up.

I find Tuttle re-publishing older works (often now in Soft cover). YMAA is also re-issuing earlier works in new covers. A very large book on Hapikido published several years ago is being broken into a number of shorter books.

Has the martial arts publishing world reached its limit, that the publishers feel they already have enough material?

I continually check quite a number of different book stores, but thats what it seems like right now when I look.

Victor Smith
Bushi No Te Isshinryu

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#128901 - 03/24/03 10:02 PM Re: Current Trends in MA Publishing
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What material qualify as being MA books?

If it has to be the traditional oriental arts, it's possible that it's near its limit. You can't rewrite history. Eventually it has to come to saturation.

There are also some "new age" stuff, such as autobiographies or some M-artists' experiences in Japan etc. 'The white pyjamas', 'aikido: it's a lot like dancing' ... they aren't awfully new, but they aren't reprints from half a century ago either. Somehow I have an impression some people consider those material "new age crap", so I don't know if you will consider those MA books.

There are also subjects like MA, self defense and the law. Few has been written in the subject and I know some are on it's way. I am definitely looking forward to it.

And then there are the western stuff... can medievil fighting arts be considered budo as well? They also have their own code of warriors, I think it's very valid a form of MA. A medievil Italian Swordsmanship manuscript has been transtlated into modern english - the first attempt to translate this original script into any modern language, with lots of graphical illustration. I think it came out a year ago ... to me that's new. (I don't remember the exact title, I don't own it cos it's prohibitly expensive...)

But then a lot of old school people might reject that from the "Martial Arts" category, too. Sorry, I am still holding a grudge about the "new age crap" comments [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/tongue.gif[/IMG] I like to keep a healthy respect for the old traditions, but I think part of the lessons in budo training is to learn to adept, I wouldn't be so hasty to wave off everything new as "new age CRAP" that are not suitable subjects to be discussed on this board.

Sorry for ranting [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/tongue.gif[/IMG] I am sure I will get over it eventually.

-raccoon

[This message has been edited by raccoon (edited 03-24-2003).]

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#128902 - 03/25/03 03:36 AM Re: Current Trends in MA Publishing
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I find new stuff in the Asian Journal every quarter. I agree that bookwise, I've collected pretty much what is significant as far as the major texts.

The thingthat has impressed me the most is the blossoming of videos. Rediscovered videos, restored stuff, there are some very interesting things that way.

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#128903 - 03/25/03 09:47 AM Re: Current Trends in MA Publishing
Victor Smith Offline
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Hi Guy's,

You know I never really understand why people don't use their real names. I never feel 'handles' facilitate good communcations, and I'm not shy about my own opinions either. But thats a personal divergance on the topic.

The 'White Pyjamas' book is actually over a year old, and is as valuable a guide to some aikido training as "Moving Zen' was several generations prevously about 1960's Japan Shotokan.

As for European Martial Traditions, I remain of mixed interest. Frankly they aren't where my head is at, but I don't discourage anybody for writing on their own interest.

My comment is really related to what I don't see being published the past 4 or 5 months. Sure there's likely a new Bruce Lee book (because people buy them), but I'm more intersted in serious karate topics for example.

And for video's, yes there are a lot. The worth of same is always a question.

Have you actually seen something new these past few months, or are they older re-isued works?

Wondering,

Victor Smith
Bushi No Te Isshinryu

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#128904 - 03/26/03 04:50 AM Re: Current Trends in MA Publishing
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If I may address the issue of not using a real name...

Been on discussion boards for a long time now, and while I enjoy them, I have come to apply the first rule of self-defense, be aware. As pointed out before, here on this board, this sort of discussion group IS going to draw some of the true nutballs in the world.

I have observed people tracking each other down using ISP's, hacks, and tidbits of personal information.

So, for me, it's a matter of safe cybering.

Also to a lesser degree, and as I've mentioned before, I am from a part of the US that gets patronized and overlooked. To mention my name, or the names of my teachers, will mean little or nothing to those on the coast with famous masters and pedigrees. I've never had the opportunity to shop for martial arts, but was rather limited by what was available and what I could get out of it by my own efforts and intuitions.

So I determined that who I was was unimportant compared to what I say because truth is not hidden in a name or style but in action and word and consistency of thought.

And on a third note:

Not one person has asked my name.

[Which goes to point #2...]

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#128905 - 03/26/03 09:02 PM Re: Current Trends in MA Publishing
raccoon Offline
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Sensei Smith,

I use handle name just because it's a required field in the registration form. I can be boring and retype my name or I can be creative and make up something.

Besides, it's a lot easier for people from other boards I frequent to recognize a raccoon as opposed to a Cody. That's arguably a good thing.

As with why I don't use my real name... cos nobody ever bothered to ask, or express it's desired? If you feel more respectful this way, I am more than happy to sign off my posts (for you anyway) with my name.

Cody Chu

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#128906 - 03/30/03 04:15 AM Re: Current Trends in MA Publishing
Victor Smith Offline
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Everyone has a different view of what the net offers and can take.

I just choose to be me, raw and simple as I am. And I'm not going to play with my name, its a small part of who I am.

You all make your own choices.

BTW, in my definition of the world I'm Victor to all. If you were my student I might accept Sensei, but you'd likely have to earn that right to use it.

Victor Smith
Bushi No Te Isshinryu

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#128907 - 03/30/03 06:10 AM Re: Current Trends in MA Publishing
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I'm a first-namer, too!

I even tell them that Sir is a polite way of tellng someone that they are too old to fight and I'm still able and willing to dispel that notion! [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/wink.gif[/IMG]

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#128908 - 03/31/03 06:27 PM Re: Current Trends in MA Publishing
raccoon Offline
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Mr. Smith,

Sorry for using "sensei" w/o permission. When I call people sensei, my only intension is to acknowledge their status as an instructor in Japanese MA, and to show respects. When instructors from other styles visit my dojo, we are taught to stop whatever we are doing at once, stand up, cross our arms in front of the face and loudly say "osu sensei". I understand some people take it as a personal thing, and I respect that. If you don't find it disrespectful for a color rank to call you by your first name then I will call you Victor from now.

Osu.

-Cody

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