Karate Kata for the Transmission of High-Level Combative Skills, Vol. 2

Karate Kata for the Transmission of High-Level Combative Skills, Vol. 2

Karate Kata for the Transmission of High-Level Combative Skills, Vol. 2

Karate Kata for the Transmission of High-Level Combative Skills, Vol. 2



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A?kata is much like a family jewel that has passed down through generations. It holds a significance that is difficult to decipher, and many dispute the meaning of every micromovement it contains.

We are thrilled to present a two-volume e-book on this subject. If katas are learning tools that pass down knowledge of a valued art, then the authors included in this anthology can certainly facilitate the learning process for all interested in karate. Each author has excellent experience in the field, having studied directly under masters, often in Okinawa. In addition to their long years of physical participation in the school of hard knocks, their depth of scholarly research into the encompassing culture allows their writings to illuminate many aspects of kata practice that normally go unnoticed.

In our quest to better understand the full significance of kata practice, we must take a serious look at why old masters formulated the routines. How can kata practice better our health and promise to hone our self-defense skills? Each chapter in this anthology deals with the principles that guide kata practice. Hopefully the reading will reveal some of the secrets to improving techniques. As with other martial traditions, some insights cannot be shared through written word. Like good teachers, may the chapters here inspire you to look deeper into kata practice.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151493383
Publisher: Via Media Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/03/2015
Series: Karate Kata , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Fernando Portela Câmara, M.D., holds a Ph.D. in biophysics with postdoctoral experience in data mining. He began his training under Akamine Seiichi, a student of Izumikawa Kanki, and he is currently ranked seventh dan in Goju-Ryu.

Perry Campbell, B.Sc., is a graduate of Cambrian College. He began studying karate in 1977 under the tutelage of Israel Segarra. He lived in Okinawa in 1990 and 1991, studying daily with Yagi Meitoku and Akamine Eisuke. He is a sixth dan under Senaha Shigetoshi and fourth dan, under the late Akamine Eisuke.

John J. Donohue, Ph.D., a longtime practitioner of Japanese martial arts, Dr. Donohue’s professional background includes a Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition to academic articles and books dealing with martial culture, John is a novelist. His fictional works have a strong thread of martial culture woven into the themes.

Giles Hopkins, M.A., received his degree in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has been training in the martial arts since 1973 and holds sixth dan rankings and a teacher’s certificate in Okinawan Goju-Ryu and Matayoshi kobudo. His teacher is Kimo Wall, seventh dan and president of Kodokan, in the lineage of Higa Seiko and Matayoshi Shinpo.

Mario McKenna, M.S., holds a master of science from the University of Saskatchewan, and master of health administration from the University of British Columbia. He began his training in Okinawa Goju-Ryu and Tomarite karatedo in 1984 under Kinjo Yoshitaka. From 1994 to 2002 he resided in Japan, where he studied Ryukyu kobudo from Minowa Katsuhiko and Yoshimura Hiroshi, and Tou’on-Ryu karatedo from Kanzaki Shigekazu. He is ranked third dan, Gohakukai; fifth dan, Ryukyu kobudo; and fifth dan, Tou’on-Ryu.

Marvin Labbate is an eighth dan black belt in Okinawa Goju-Ryu, fifth dan in Okinawan Ryukonkai kobudo, and a certified Yang taijiquan instructor. He has studied karate for over thirty-five years and is the international representative for the Okinawan Seibukai Association under President Nakasone Kinei, tenth degree. Mr. Labbate is the director of CNY Karate.

Robert Toth received a fourth dan black belt from Richard Kim, and later became a student by Yagi Meitatsu. He graded in Okinawa to fifth dan with Sensei Yagi and the International Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate-Do Association. Bob teaches at the St. Catharines Martial Arts Centre in Canada.
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