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. 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 his books 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. His books are 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 books so rich and thought provoking that you can read them 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 them!
Read his books, and then read them again and again and again.
Loren W. Christensen ~ author of: Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline, and Honor and Warrior Mindset
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 Dr. Sanders’ books 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
His books are not only memorable, but thought-provoking and insightful as well. I’m honored to be among the first few people to have read them.
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’ books are 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 .
Truly outstanding books 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.
MUST READ BOOKS for anyone who wants to delve into the philosophical aspects of being a moral and honorable warrior. I cannot recommend his books highly enough!
Shawn Kovacich, author of: the Achieving Kicking Excellence book and DVD series.
Bohdi Sanders’ books are 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. His books are 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 Dr. Bohdi Sanders’ books, and much, much more. I highly recommend his books 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.
Dr. Sanders’ books are what modern day martial artists need. The knowledge that they offers to a new generation can be considered vital to the continuation of the true path of the warrior.
However, his books offers much more than that. They could also be described as guidebooks 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 fantastic resources for warrior training. The format is wonderful. The depth of his books reflects Dr. Sanders own warrior training. I will surely be using them 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
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 his readers. He gives you his insights to help you contemplate and grasp the wisdom contained in the quotes he has included. 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 his books.
I highly recommend them!
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.
Dr. Bohdi Sanders brings the wisdom of multiple disciplines together in his writing. 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. His books will go on your book shelf, but will not rest there as you will go back to them again and again for inspiration.
Kris Wilder, 5th Dan West Seattle Karate and author of The Little Black Book of Violence.
Can wisdom be taught by 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 his books and turn to them for flashes of insight and inspiration.
F. J. Chu ~ Author of The Martial Way and Its Virtues