Endorsements for Warrior Wisdom
The wisdom sayings and the discussions herein are simplistic yet they are as meaty as a two-inch-thick porterhouse. I like simplicity in the martial arts. If you have read my books on the fighting arts, you know that I nag the reader as to the importance of keeping things uncomplicated. It has got to be simple and it has got to be pragmatic. Clearly, Dr. Bohdi Sanders believes this, too.
So don’t race through this book as if you were reading a popular novel. “Meditate on the information,” “be in the moment,” and “…apply [the] principles to your life.” Think about them and discuss them with your partner, your classmates, and with your students. Discuss them with friends outside of the martial arts, too, as they apply to all facets of your life.
I wish you had written these books 40 years ago before I got into all that trouble. Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path, like all of Dr. Sanders’ books in this series, is a wonderful guide to living your life ethically, morally, compassionately, wisely, and exemplary. Oh, I forgot one. It will keep you out of trouble, too.
It’s rare to find a book so rich and thought provoking that you can read it again and again and get something a little different out of it each time. Indeed, there isn’t a quotation and discussion in here that doesn’t pertain to each of us… I highly recommend Warrior Wisdom…
Read this book, and then read it again and again and again.
Loren W. Christensen ~ author of: Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline, and Honor and Warrior Mindset
Bohdi Sanders’ book “Warrior Wisdom” bridges the gap between ageless wisdom and modern application for today’s warriors. Sanders writes that being a warrior is not something you do; it is something you are. In this book, he provides the guidance to live and be a warrior physically, mentally, and spiritually. In fact, his lessons on honor, responsibility, wisdom, courage, and most importantly character , are what will make this book an excellent contribution to any library…
The value in this unique book lies in the commentary on warriorship by Sanders which is inspired by classic quotes on the warrior way. These lessons not only form a roadmap toward martial success, but to success in all your daily activities. A lifestyle committed to the ideals of warriorship is powerful…
“Warrior Wisdom” is filled with stimulating quotes, valuable insights, and inspiring examples of how a warrior should train, act, and live. Use the text to help develop and shape your own warrior code of honor, your moral compass pointing toward what is right and just…
This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone…A must read for those who consider themselves warriors and live by the values of honor, courage, and commitment.
Alain Burrese, J.D. , former U.S. Army Paratrooper and 2nd Infantry Division Scout Sniper School instructor and author of “Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks” and the instructional DVDs “Hapkido Hoshinsul,” “Streetfighting Essentials,” “Hapkido Cane,” and the “Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials” series.
Dr. Kevin Keough
“It is relatively uncommon to stumble upon a book that most everyone will find interesting and inspiring. Readers are introduced to an exceptional blend of cross-cultural and timeless wisdom. Each page contains truly classic proverbs and gems of wisdom combined with insightful commentary that leads readers to a recognition of the practical and immediate relevance of ancient wisdom in our 21st century lives.
Dr. Sanders demonstrates a remarkable understanding of young people and seekers of all ages in the careful selection and down to earth discussion of ideas that will enrich their lives. This book is a gift that keeps on giving as each page heightens awareness of the best within us and a Solidarity that forever unites.
While reading “Warrior Wisdom” an old native American saying remained with me: “When the wisdom-keepers speak, all should listen” -Seneca
Dr.Kevin Keough clinical and police psychologist, martial arts practitioner, founder of Warrior Traditions, and fellow pilgrim
Here is a real short hand answer to ‘what does it mean to be a warrior?” Being a warrior is about protecting others, not picking and choosing where and when you will fight…Being a warrior doesn’t mean just fighting, it requires you to think and observe. It requires a higher level of awareness and understanding. And once you are sure, then it requires action.
If you choose to walk the warrior’s path, then you must always be on guard against forgetting how easy it is to lose sight of the purpose of a warrior…Never, forget, the purpose of a warrior is to serve the whole of society, not just a small section. To serve the greater good and not yourself.
Marc Animal MacYoung ~ author of several martial arts books including Secrets of Effective Offense and Becoming a Complete Martial Artist, martial arts instructor for both the police, the military, and his own personal students
After reading Sanders’ manuscript…His book is not only memorable, but thought-provoking and insightful as well. I’m honored to be among the first few people to have read it.
Warrior Wisdom is a pithy tome…the author’s succinct commentaries…helps you digest the information, understand the essence of warriorhood, and explore your own character as it relates to the topic…Sanders’ book is an excellent resource…It’s a thinking person’s guide to development as a martial artist, warrior, and human being. And, it’s something worth reading more than once.
Lawrence Kane ~ Author of Surviving Armed Assaults and Martial Arts Instruction; co-author of The Way of Kata, The Way to Black Belt, and The Little Black Book of Violence .
A truly outstanding book that helps provide some much needed insight into an abundance of familiar, and some not quite so familiar, quotes from throughout the ages regarding warriors and the warrior traditions.
A MUST READ BOOK for anyone who wants to delve into the philosophical aspects of being a moral and honorable warrior. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
Shawn Kovacich, author of: the Achieving Kicking Excellence book and DVD series.
Bohdi Sanders’ book is about mental “technique” that is the warrior mindset. He dissects scores of classical martial sayings and brings them into the clarity of our modern life. I think for many people when they read this work, they will realize a new and functional insight they did not previously enjoy…
You must endeavor to truly understand this reality in order to follow your truest and best path. Warrior Wisdom is a fine tool to help you find that understanding in all its depth too.
“Buy it, read it, live it .”
Peyton Quinn ~ Author of; A Bouncer’s Guide to Barroom Brawling, Freedom from Fear, and Real Fighting: Adrenaline Stress Conditioning Through Scenario-Based Training.
Dr. Adam Weiss
Honor, discipline, wisdom, and character building all part of a martial artist’s arsenal- that is what the reader gets from Warrior Wisdom and much, much more. I highly recommend Warrior Wisdom for anyone involved in the martial arts, and even those of you who may be thinking of going into a particular style of martial art. Warrior Wisdom is a book that I would strongly suggest that you read before, and after, your daily training in the dojo in order to get a complete education, and realize the true spirit of the martial arts. This book would be a great gift for anyone, even if they aren’t involved in the martial arts.
Adam Weiss, D.C. ~ board certified chiropractic physician and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Medical director of Weiss Health and Fitness Center. Author and black belt.
Warrior Wisdom is a book that modern day martial artists need. The knowledge that it offers to a new generation can be considered vital to the continuation of the true path of the warrior.
However, Warrior Wisdom offers much more than that. It could also be described as a guidebook for the perfection of character, something that everyone, not only martial artists can benefit from. If more people were to understand the concepts of integrity, honor, and service towards others, the world would probably be a much nicer place to live.
Dr. Sanders has compiled a fantastic resource for warrior training. The format is wonderful. The depth of the book reflects Dr. Sanders own warrior training. I will surely be using it as a resource guide in my Zen Warrior training program.
Aaron Hoopes ~ Founder of Zen Yoga and the Zen Warrior Training Program. Author of: Zen Yoga: A Path to Enlightenment through Breathing, Movement and Meditation, and Perfecting Ourselves: Coordinating Body, Mind and Spirit
In this book, Dr. Bohdi Sanders collects wisdom from all ages and cultures, from 13th century Zen masters and philosophers to ancient Greece, and from world leaders to modern day warriors. All of these extraordinary men have left us wisdom that can teach us important life lessons, lessons just as applicable today as they were thousands of years ago.
But a quote in and of itself is often useless without the proper context, a context that helps you understand the deeper meaning and nuances that are usually hidden at first. This is exactly what Bohdi Sanders brings to this book. He gives you his insights to help you contemplate and grasp the wisdom contained in the quotes he has included in Warrior Wisdom. You’ll not only find new understanding through his commentaries, but more importantly, you will also learn real-life-applicable knowledge throughout the many pages of this book.
I highly recommend Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path.
Wim Demeere ~ a lifelong student of the martial arts and self-defense systems. He teaches his knowledge worldwide in both seminars and through his numerous books and instructional DVDs. You can visit his website at
Dr. Bohdi Sanders brings the wisdom of multiple disciplines together in Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path. Bringing east and west, and different walks of life together, Dr. Sanders teases out the hard questions, the paths of self-betterment and insightful observations. This book will go on your book shelf, but will not rest there as you will go back to it again and again for inspiration.
Kris Wilder, 5th Dan West Seattle Karate and author of The Little Black Book of Violence.
Dr. Bohdi Sanders has rendered society a great service with Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path. He has collected, preserved, explained and shared timeless wisdom with the next generation. The primary duty and privilege of the elders of any culture is to educate and prepare the next generation of citizens and warriors. Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path does this.
Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path applies to each of us. The truths that Dr. Sanders has captured are a timeless snapshot of the cherished warrior creed that we must wholly embrace to survive and prosper in our time. Our children desperately need this wisdom and these lessons so that they are enlightened and strengthened for their roles as our future leaders. Without it their education is incomplete.
In an age where murky relativism obscures clarity of vision and action, Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path, pierces the fog with a clear framework of definitive and actionable principles. These are the principles of honor, courage, service and compassion that have guided and defined the most honored intellects in human history. Dr. Sanders has assembled this treasure trove of ageless wisdom to provide us with a moral compass for conscience, conduct and purpose that we can easily apply to our daily life.
Read it. Internalize it. Live it.
Kevin Brett ~ CEO, Kevin Brett Studios, Inc. Author: “The Way of the Martial Artist: Achieving Success in Martial Arts and in Life!”
Can wisdom be taught Drawing upon an eclectic list of Eastern and Western sources from antiquity to the modern day, the author repeatedly counsels aspiring martial artists to do two things: first, always do what is just and true; second, always train as if it really matters. As Marcus Aurelius said, “Do every act of your life as if it were your last.”
Dr. Sanders is dedicated with following the path of the warrior. One can debate whether warrior wisdom can really be taught, but Dr. Sanders shows us that it certainly can be nurtured and reinforced. Reserve a place on your bookshelf for this volume and turn to it for flashes of insight and inspiration.
F. J. Chu ~ Author of The Martial Way and Its Virtues