James Tunney, LLM, is an Irish Barrister who has lectured on legal matters throughout the world. He is a poet, a visual artist, and author of The Mystery of the Trapped Light: Mystical Thoughts in the Dark Age of Scientism plus The Mystical Accord: Sutras to Suit Our Times, Lines for Spiritual Evolution. His website is

Here he shares his passion for and knowledge of a wide variety of martial arts traditions. He emphasizes western boxing, particularly his distant cousin the heavyweight champion Gene Tunney. The conversation also covers many other martial art forms including Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Capoeira, and Kareli. He views martial arts as a positive way of addressing the aggressive aspects of human nature.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).

(Recorded on January 2, 2021)

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James Tunney, The Mystical Accord: Sutras to Suit Our Times, Lines for Spiritual Evolution –

James Tunney, Ireland I Don’t Recognize Who She Is —

James Tunney, Blue Lies September –

Jeffrey Mann, When Buddhists Attack –

Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove (video) –

John Rothenstein, Francis Bacon –

Lady Gregory, Cuchulain of Muirthemne –

Morihei Ueshiba, The Essence of Aikido –

Muhammad Ali, The Greatest –

Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do –

Brendan Behan, Confessions of an Irish Rebel –

Allen Ginsberg, Collected Poems –

Jay Tunney, The Prizefighter and the Playwrite –

Kano Jigoro, Judo and Education –

Rodrigo Gracie, Gracie Jui-Jitsu –

Jack Cavanaugh, Tunney –

Leigh Montville, Sting Like a Bee –

K. Almqvist (Ed.), Hilma Af Klint: The Art of Seeing the Invisible –

Mestre Poneianinho, Essential Capoeira –

Bira Almeida, Capoeira –

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Endless Poetry (video) –

Alejandro Jodorowsky, El Topo (video) –

Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings –

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A free-thinking individual who strives to maintain psychological balance between the two polar aspects of Human Nature; Desire and Conscience. However, These conditions can never be balanced because inertia will carry us to extremes. Balance is a constant struggle therefore I live by the principles of the HERU Interface