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Karate-Do: My Way of Life / Edition 1
     

Karate-Do: My Way of Life / Edition 1

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by Gichin Funakoshi
 

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ISBN-10: 0870114638

ISBN-13: 2900870114631

Pub. Date: 09/15/1981

Publisher: Kodansha USA

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK, THE LIFE STORY OF THE FATHER OF MODERN KARATE-DO.

Linking the time when karate was a strictly Okinawan art of self-defense shrouded in the deepest secrecy and the present day, when it has become a martial art practiced throughout the world, is Gichin Funakoshi, the "Father of Karate-do."

Out of modesty, he was reluctant to

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK, THE LIFE STORY OF THE FATHER OF MODERN KARATE-DO.

Linking the time when karate was a strictly Okinawan art of self-defense shrouded in the deepest secrecy and the present day, when it has become a martial art practiced throughout the world, is Gichin Funakoshi, the "Father of Karate-do."

Out of modesty, he was reluctant to write this autobiography and did not do so until he was nearly ninety years of age. Trained in the Confucian classics, he was a schoolteacher early in life, but after decades of study under the foremost masters, he gave up his livelihood to devote the rest of his life to the propagation of the Way of Karate. Under his guidance, techniques and nomenclature were refined and modernized, the spiritual essence was brought to the fore, and karate evolved into a true martial art.

Various forms of empty-hand techniques have been practiced in Okinawa for centuries, but due to the lack of historical records, fancy often masquerades as fact. In telling of his own famous teachers--and not only of their mastery of technique but of the way they acted in critical situations--the author reveals what true karate is. The stories he tells about himself are no less instructive: his determination to continue the art, after having started it to improve his health; his perseverance in the face of difficulties, even of poverty; his strict observance of the way of life of the samurai; and the spirit of self-reliance that he carried into an old age kept healthy by his practice of Karate-do.

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ISBN-13:
2900870114631
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Publication date:
09/15/1981
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Prefacexiii
Entering the Way1
No Weapons21
Training for Life45
Recognition69
One Life87
Important Points105
The Past, the Future116

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Karate-Do: My Way of Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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A great short book on the life of The founder of Shotokan Karate. Gives you a feel on the nature of the kind of person he was and his philosophies in life. Anyone interested in Shotokan, or any interested in Martial Arts in general should read this book if they would like to have a bit of insight on the life of one of the great Teachers of the martial way. Highly Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a must have its absoulutely amazing. buy it, buy it, buy it!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gichin Funakoshi, by retelling the story of how karate became his life and how he popularized the art, gives the reader insight into the meaning of karate. The book is full of delightful anecdotes about the master's life, and although they are a good nonfiction story at face value, if one looks deeper, he can find philosophical value in each story. Do not think that because this book is less than 150 pages that it is light reading; on the contrary, it contains very deep philosophies about karate and even life in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are books like 'Zen in the Martial Arts', by Joe HYAMS, which are similar to this... They are books in which you can learn the spirit which underlies the Martial Arts by reading about the experiences of the author. The point here with this book is that you can be confident you're reading the words from a real great master who is one of best references in this matter. By the way, in his book mentioned above, Mr Hyams refers to Funakoshi as the greatest of all masters... He doesn't need to say he will teach you anything... He doesn't need to state any formula of wisdom... His simple examples, the 'simple' example of his life is a great intuitive and inspiring lesson! If you ever wanted to know a little or much about the wisdom of the Way of the warrior, this is one of the most fundamental books for this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the autobiogrophy of one of Karate's greats. The book is full of interssting and very inspirentional stories of the life and philospophies of the founder of modern Karate-Do. Master Funakoshi Discusses his life and experiences that led to his great influance on the martial arts world. This book is a MUST for any martial artist, weather you are just starting out or have been training for many years.