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Watching Your Back: Chinese Martial Arts and Traditional Medicineby Anthony L Schmieg
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Now a physician in western Virginia, Schmieg learned judo from his father, and studied Chinese language and literature at Georgetown U. before moving to Taiwan to study with his mentor, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and the descendant of a long line of martial artists. Based on the lessons of his mentor, Schmieg's text explores the philosophical foundations that shape Chinese martial arts, first summarizing the beliefs and attitudes of the Chinese in general, and then describing the particular worldview of the high martial artists. He applies Daoist notions of wellness and survival to explain the origins and rationale of the unexplored symbiosis of Chinese medicine and martial arts. Scholarly, but written to also be accessible to the layperson.
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The term "martial art," like the title, The Art of War, has a dissonant ring. To associate art, that sublime expression of the human spirit, with the enterprise of maiming and killing seems almost profane. Similarly, the martial arts have long been associated with traditional medicine. But, how can the art of healing ally itself with the art of killing? Watching Your Back applies Daoist notions of wellness and survival to reconcile these apparent paradoxes and unveil the origins and rationale of the unexplored symbiosis of Chinese medicine and the martial arts. It discusses the applications of Daoist philosophy and its practitioners, explains how creative arts are simultaneously conserved and advanced within a traditional Chinese lineage, and clarifies the differences between the separate, but parallel, martial and military disciplines. Drawing from history, philosophy, medicine, linguistics, and the realities of combat, Dr. Schmieg convincingly describes how early proponents of Daoism responded to sociopolitical events in China to shape a unique martial arts tradition and how this ancient system evolved into modern combat forms. Throughout he makes ample use of entertaining anecdotes taken from his years of study under a Daoist physician-scholar and "old school" boxer. Written with both the layperson and scholar in mind, Watching Your Back examines the full spectrum of the martial arts while demystifying its philosophy and debunking its myths, and thus brilliantly reveals the true majesty of the ancient Chinese art of self-defense.
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