“If you want to link the code and the path of Budo in a solid way, this book is the ultimate guide for every martial arts Practitioner.” Kancho Eric Van Vaerenbergh – IBK Kyokushin Budokai All-Round Fighting Chairman – Hanshi – 8th Dan.
“‘Budō – The Book of the Way’, or as I would like to call it, a practical handbook for daily life, manages to transfer the complex subject of Budō and its seven virtues into modern times in the form of a small booklet and to link it to real life. This booklet by Hanshi Marc Howes is truly refreshing and enlightening… He has also succeeded in integrating the virtues and their meaning into modern life by means of real stories and has thus shown possibilities to really live them. No exaggerated scientific-technical work, no romanticism of subject and meaning, no thousand pages of mystical knowledge. This booklet is an uncomplicated guide for anyone who seriously wants to deal with the virtues and integrate them into their everyday life.” – Saiko Shihan Marcel Vanderschaeghe – Founder of Ashihara Goshinryu Karate® . Technical Director EOS and AGK. 8th Dan Ashihara Goshinryu Karate. 7th Dan EOS-System, Kyoshi. 6th Dan Ju-Jitsu.
“In my job as Agile coach and as a Martial arts teacher its important to have a goal and proceed on a path that will bring you forward, this book gives you knowledge and understanding in the values that can help you to grow and set your path as an individual person, and as a martial arts student. Read it, Understand it and Live by it, Osu” – Sensei Marcel van den Berg (4th Dan) and Agile Coach. Ashihara Karate International Organisation.
”Hanshi Marc Howes has with this manual of Budō made a beautiful and precise framework for anyone who wishes to understand and make Budō a part of their life. It’s definitely one of those books you can return to for guidance.” – Shihan Tommy B Adelhall 5th Dan. TSG-International. Fudoshin Dojo, Kinna, Sweden.
“At a first glance, the book appears to be a succinct explanation of Budō but impressively it is also a tool which could help to give structure to your martial journey and a thought-provoking source of information that will resonate on many levels” – Shihan Mal Sanchez-Jones. Goshin Karate BCKA 6th Dan / Kudo Wales – Branch Chief
Reviews of Child Development – The Budo Way.
“Budo/Bushido or the 7 virtues should be well known by all martial arts performers since it goes back for ages. However, Howes matches these principles with advice from modern behavioral research to raise your child. He demonstrates, again, that living and raising your children the Budo way (or just the scientific sound way) will create better human beings. A must-read for everyone becoming parents and for everyone who plays a significant role in the guidance of youngsters. I even add that it is never too late to try to implement the 7 virtues. Even in puberty or even later, at University, or any other education, we can benefit of using the Budo in our teaching and guiding. Let us provide our children and youngsters with a good “Kokoro” so we end up all living in a better and critical world! Let the force of Budo be with you and your children!” – Prof. Dr. Evert Zinzen, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. 3rd Dan Judo.
“After 20 years as a Social Care professional and martial arts instructor, I was thrilled to discover a book that combined both elements of my life. This informative book explores the child development theory and psychology relevant to a martial arts environment, whilst giving the practical guidance needed to create significant change in a child’s life. Hanshi Marc Howes’ passion for child development is inspiring and he gives a personal touch to his book by providing heartfelt ‘real life’ examples. I would highly recommend this book to any adult wishing to make a positive impact in a child’s life whether that be inside or outside of a martial arts school.” – Mal Sanchez-Jones – Behavioural Change Specialist. DOJO Training Limited:
“Reading this book was an interesting and insightful experience for me. For the majority of my adult life, I have worked with challenging children, youths, and adults. I have also trained within a broad spectrum of martial arts since the age of eight. I am now forty-two. To this day, the most evolving and giving aspect of martial arts, to me, has been the discipline and psychological aspects which, in this book, are described as Budō and Kokoro. Within my professional life, I have often sought how I could incorporate these aspects of martial arts into my practice. This is because I’m positive that everybody will benefit from it, not the least those individuals often described as challenging. Within this book, I’ve found the perfect answer. The writer Hanshi Marc Howes perfectly combines known and validated psychology theories, with the aspects of Budō and its seven virtues for use in child development. This book is written in comprehensible language and with subjective examples that allow Hanshi Marc to reach a wider target audience.
I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in child development, from parents to professional caregivers and teachers. It offers great support to positively influence any child’s life, regardless of whether they are with or without special needs. Last but not least, I recommend everyone running a martial arts dojo to read this book and learn all the positive effects that Budō and Kokoro can have in a child’s life.” – Dennis Nielsen – Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. Educational Psychology Advisor: Founder of PPR v/Dennis Nielsen. Denmark:
“Through this book, the author gives us insights into the positive role that martial arts and Budō in particular, can play in the development of children and adolescents. The book’s strength lies in its ability to present centuries-old ideas in a modern and easy-to-understand way. The book can thus be highly recommended for martial arts instructors, parents, but also for anyone interested in the ideas of Budō in general.” – Germund Larsson PhD – Sociology of Education. Sweden