Real nature of martial arts and their benefits, by Stanley Pranin

Martial arts began enjoying popularity in western cultures starting in the 1960s. Japanese, and later Chinese films, depicting heroic warriors caught the fancy of many in the west and fueled the boom by providing the young with a new model of heroism and strength that had broad cross-cultural appeal. The epic films of directors such as Akira Kurosawa and the dashing figure of action star Toshiro Mifune achieved a cult following and were emblematic of this phenomenon.


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