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"I sought clarity." So begins The Edge, which documents the parallel journeys of a martial arts master and his student. It is a record of the insights Ray Fisher has gleaned during his more than thirty years of intensive practice--insights into matters both practical and spiritual--and a bold conceptualization of the martial arts as a way of life. Alongside this, The Edge tells the story of co-author Robert Lurie's slow and sometimes painful transition, under Fisher's tutelage, from being "a man forever seated, bathed in the flickering glow of a monitor" into a more fully integrated human being: someone in whom the physical (which had always been given short shrift) could now take its place alongside, and perhaps even rein in, the cerebral. The Edge is not just a book for martial artists. Rather, it is a book for anyone who has ever felt the stirring of a desire for self-transformation.
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Ray Fisher first became involved in the martial arts in the late 1970's and has made his living as a martial arts teacher since June I987. He holds a sixth degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo, a seventh degree Black Belt in the Goju-Shorei Weapons System, a fifth degree Black Belt in Okinawan RyuKyu Kenpo and a first degree Black Belt in Kajukenpo. A former Arizona State Champion in both Weapons and Forms, Mr. Fisher was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 1999 and the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the owner/head teacher of the ACS (Arizona Ch'uan Fa Society) School of Karate in Chandler, Arizona. Robert Dean Lurie received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005 and is the author of "No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church" (Verse Chorus Press, 2009). His essays on arts and culture have appeared in National Review, Blurt Magazine, The American Conservative, Crux Literary Journal, and Chronicles.

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