North Atlantic Books,
Available through Plum Publications: yes
This is a book for both beginner and advanced practitioner.
There are many things Mr. Doyle pulls off, mostly successfuly,
in this piece. He manages - no mean task - to speak in a solid,
honest way that will appeal to beginners just facing their
confusing introduction to the martial arts and, at the same
time, to elicit a few nods from those who know the story and
have travelled the road.
the jacket promises Mr. Doyle indeed bursts with enthusiasm,
though not always infectious. But he does not shirk, and that
requires a round of applause. Unflinchingly he tackles :
Choosing a School
Making a Style Yours
The Killer Instinct
Doyle's style, at times, brings new depth to the word prosaic
: "The streets of any city or town can be filled with
beauty and wonder, gifts, surprises and culture. They can
house artifacts of science, history, and community spirit:
things that make urban living enjoyable. However, always remember
that the street can turn into a Pandora's box of evil and
danger, and preparing and calling upon your faith in both
yourself and your chosen style of combat could make all the
difference in your life ... and in saving it."
though we sometimes disagree, there is a mind here that has
gone through the topics and rare good sense, respect and a
canny truthfulness. If you're interested in an overview of
how to get in and/or stay in the martial arts take the time
to have a cup of tea, or something stronger, with Shihfu Doyle.