Book Review: Polished steel: Lessons from the dojo

Polished steel: Lessons from the dojo by [Davis, Shaz]

Polished Steel: Lessons from the dojo


Discover the wise words and life lessons gleaned from Sensei as he uses everyday dojo practice to encourage his students to learn and grow. Polished Steel recounts entertaining and amusing tales and lessons that have been learned by a range of students from different backgrounds, each of whom discovered some humility from their experience, but learned important life lessons at the same time.

Martial arts teaches more than just defense, it teaches humility, respect, and strength. This book is a collection of stories from the dojo featuring various students as they learn lifelong lessons.

Written with style and humour, Polished Steel will have you laughing and smiling while nodding in agreement throughout. Delve inside, learn something new and leave your ego with your shoes, at the door…

Join Mary, Edmund, Simon, and other students in the dojo as they learn important life lessons from their Sensei. There are no shortcuts in life and training with Sensei provides the tools to traverse it. This collection of stories beautifully illustrates these teachings through simple but effective lessons that you can use in your own life.

The stories in this book, with an accompanying haiku, cover many of the principles of several martial arts, as well as body, mind, spirit and life-lessons. In fact, it is likely that there will be something for everyone to learn inside.


A perfect leisure time read. The author had weaved stories from each martial arts class and the valuable lessons the students learn from Sensei. I find this book an interesting way to learn more about martial arts because these self defence classes are actually more than teaching just self defence alone. Students get to learn important skills and the right attitude to approach life as a whole. Therefore, anyone reading this book would find it very encouraging to take up martial art classes as readers will be able to see the beauty of it. Kudos to the writer for this brilliant book.

I personally liked how students from different background come to learn martial arts and how they put their differences behind to learn something martial arts that originate from another culture.

Ratings: 4/5 stars.


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