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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 ...
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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Posted April 14, 2013
Review by R.Ornes Autobiography of Gichin Funakoshi
Karate –Do My way of life is an autobiography of a great karate Instructor name Gichin
Funakoshi, who was born in the first year of meiji (1868), in the district of Yamakana-Cho in
Shuri the capital of Okinawa. Funakoshi is known as the founder of karate-Do as it is practice
by karate students today. This autobiography is the first volume to be translated into the
English language. The book was written in an effect to help English speaking students to
better understand the way that Sensei Funakoshi live and his thoughts about karate-Do.
In addition, it will help the student’s understand why Funakoshi was so devoted to the way of
Karate-Do. Furthermore, a practitioner of the arts will further understand and learn that
Funakoshi always taught his students to avoid an altercation when ever possible. As he was
taught by his two Instructors Yasutune Azato and Yasutune Itosu. (page 1 and 54 way of life)
One of reason that Sensei Funakoshi was so dedicated to karate-Do was that as a child he was
always sick and weak. In fact his two parents and grand parents agree that Funakoshi would
have a short life, so they always took extraordinary care of him. ( page 3 way of life)
However, once Funakoshi began his training in karate-do with Azato and Itosu, he started to
become physically stronger and was not in poor health. Funakoshi also recalls as a young man
he would walk with his lantern during the night to Azato’s home to train in karate. As
Funakoshi became an adult he started to work as a school teacher at a school in Naha
Okinawa during the day. So he can continue training with His Instructor Azato and Itosu
during the night. In addition, to karate Funakoshi stated that he learn a great deal of the art of
spiritual and physical characteristics, by just Paying attention to his two instructors as they
discussed the issues between them. (page 5 way of life)
Funakoshi further acknowledged that his two Instructors help him to understand karate-do,
and to recognize nonsense that was declared about karate. Also the misconceptions that
people had about the practitioner of karate. In addition, Funakoshi stated that he heard from
a person who declare to be a karate expert. That a kata (karate movement Techniques) name
Nukite will train a practitioner of karate to develop their five fingers to be able to go through
their challenger rib cage, allowing the Practitioner to tear the rib bones out the body. The
karate expert continue by giving details how a person can train to preform such task. The
Karate expert continue by stating that the kata Nukite and the techniques are hard to master
And is Time-consuming taking a lot of practice. Funakoshi also stated that the karate expert
Stated that after a person learn these techniques the person would be able to make a hole on
another belly. Funakoshi explains that such task is not possible. However, because a lot of
people are not educated in the art of karate they believe these myths to be true. Funakoshi
further knowledge there is no person alive that can do such task as declare by the karate
expert. Funakoshi further stated that so call Karate expert claim is all nonsense and not true.
(page 9 and 10 Way of life)
In my opinion this book about master Gichin Funakoshi is well written and would help those
Karate students and Instructors to understand the truths spirit and physical essence of the
person who created the art of Shotokan karate-do.
Autobiography Of Gichin Funakoshi
Publish by kodansha international ltd 17-14 Otowa bunkyo-ku tokyo112 first edition year of 1975. Printed in Japan
Posted November 27, 2006
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2003
Posted September 14, 2002
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2002
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2001
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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