Voices of the Masters' Book Series

Eastern Thinking for a Western World

Master Arthur Rosenfeld, in addition to being a world renowned author and authority on the spiritual dimensions of Eastern thinking for a Western world, was the first westerner to be ordained a monk at the Chun Yang (Pure Yang) Taoist monastery in Guangzhou, China in 2012. In 2011 Master Rosenfeld was the recipient of the World Qigong Congress Tai Chi Master of the Year Award. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Action on Film Festival Maverick Award for outstanding contributions to martial arts in the media. Previous recipients of this award include Diana Lee Inosanto, John Savage, Talia Shire, and David Carradine.

“There’s a deep, quiet, abiding place in all of us which, wants not to be involved in what we call the ‘rat race’ or to feel what we call the stresses of modern life”
- Master Arthur Rosenfeld

In this book Master Rosenfeld describes his long journey through the world of martial arts and how he came to be the renound instructor and authority that he is today. Learn how Chen-Style Tai Chi was developed through the use of warfare weaponry such as the Guan Dao, and how it has evolved and continues to change to this day. Learn about the benefits of Tai Chi practice and how keeping your own equilibrium stable can be an art of self defense against the toils of old age and disease.

The Tracks We Leave

The discussion in this book revolves around the evolution and development of the style of Kempo Karate from the eyes of the man responsible for introducing it to the northeastern United States in the late 1960’s. As a young child practicing Kempo Karate in Maine, I remember learning Senior Grandmaster Pesare’s name for the first time as I studied my own school’s lineage. I would go on to learn kata created by SGM Pesare himself as he contributed his own insights to the art. Having taught hundreds and influenced thousands over his many years of teaching karate, it is with great pleasure that I bring you this discourse.

The Living Art of Ketsugo Jujutsu

Sensei Peter Freedman’s light-hearted view of the development of martial arts, past and present, gives us an appreciation for what has been done, and anticipation of what is still to be discovered.
Sensei Freedman’s diverse, real-world martial arts experience is shocking and even frightening at times, but he has taken the high road at every opportunity and gone on to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the mayor of Boston for outstanding contributions to the city. Since age 15 he has been helping troubled youths get off the streets of Boston and out of gangs, teaching them to strengthen their mind, spirit and body.

“The future will take care of itself if I do a good job now with each individual person. The art will find its own way in the future.”

- Grandmaster Peter Freedman

“In a living art, you understand the basic fundamental concepts, principles, and science. You constantly try to evolve it to create a better martial art and to become a deeper martial artist, and have a deeper understanding of every little movement you do.”

- Grandmaster Peter Freedman

Join our discussion about what it takes to continually improve yourself as a martial artist and human being. Learn how the fundamental understanding of scientific concepts can open your eyes to new techniques and applications and learn about the roles and responsibilities of a grandmaster, or lineage holder of a style.

The Greatness of Kung Fu

Grandmaster Wong is a 4th generation successor of the renowned Southern Shaolin monastery in Putian, China. Living in Malaysia, he travels the world spreading the "greatness of kung fu" throughout the world through the Shaolin Wahnam institute. Learn about the masters Sifu Wong studied under and hear stories of how he trained and how he has been working to improve Kung Fu teaching methods to share his art with the world.

In this book we talk about how Qi Gong can help to heal today's modern society and how "good health is natural", as well as how Kung Fu training has evolved in recent times and will continue to evolve in the future.

Who is the Brooklyn Monk?

Travelling to the far reaches of the world to find lost masters and forgotten systems of martial arts; reviving the sometimes abandoned techniques and philosophies of a subculture of warriors; immersing himself deep into the cultural and linguistic setting of his fight training. These are only a couple of the things that get Antonio Graceffo up every morning.

“Train equally the mind and body. Your body will leave you long before your mind. No matter how tough and how fit you are now, you will eventually be an injured fat guy with no brains. So, build up your brains in advance of the inevitable and horrible end.”
- Antonio Graceffo

This book is an adaptation of an interview with Antonio Graceffo, martial arts writer, adventurer, fighter and anthropologist living in Asia. Antonio writes regular articles for Black Belt magazine and has published several books of his adventures including The Monk from Brooklyn and Warrior Odyssey.

The Spirit of a Swordsman

The Japanese sword arts are so intricately intertwined with daily living and the enterprising mindset in Japan that the revered spirit of the samurai will never die. Even today, in corporations, schools, and daily life, the spirit of the samurai is very much alive.
Shihan Dana Abbott has been living the Way of the sword for over 35 years and is working to teach and instill that spirit to today’s youth around the world.

This book is an adaptation of an interview with Shihan Abbott about his background in the sword arts and about the history and spirit of the samurai. Since the Koryu style practiced in the warring factions of Japan to the government-run martial arts universities of today, one thing has remained the same. Spirit.

“That’s why the Japanese people have one of the highest literacy rates in the world. They make it a point to make their mind and their body work together.” - Shihan Dana Abbott

“It seems like there’s an abundance of ADHD kids now and they’re giving them drugs, or giving them this, or giving them that. For the past 10,000 years, we've had ADHD people around all the time. They were called hunters. They were the people who would become kings.” - Shihan Dana Abbott