Essential reading for all Shotokan practitioners. -- Traditional Karate Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
Totally revised May 2006. 532 action packed pages. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
I looked on the internet for the first time recently (1-12-02) and I was both supprised and honoured by the complimentary remarks written by so many people, all of whom are not known to me personally. I was quite amazed to see E-mails from all over the world as well as from the UK, and I can only express my gratitude to all those who have taken the time and trouble to comment on the virtues or otherwise of The Beginners Guide to Shotokan Karate. Next year, it will be 20 years old, and the original edition of 180 pages has grown to 438 pages.
The latest edition delves far more into the philosophy of Karate-do, and I hope answers many of the questions posed by beginners and kyu grades alike. If the reader decides the practice of Karate-do is more than just about punching and kicking, this book will have served its purpose. If he or she should become aware that compassion and benevolence were paramount in Funakoshi's thinking, then he is walking in the Masters footsteps.
To those of you who are thinking of starting Karate training, I say this. "Do it - with conviction, and you'll get far more out of it than you put in. Seize the moment - don't wait too long. As my Father used to say, 'The opportunity of a lifetime, can only be taken during the lifetime of the opportunity.' Good luck, and enjoy the journey." Oss. John van Weenen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
John van Weenen MBE 8th Dan began Karate in 1964 in Adelaide South Australia under Moss Hollis. He has trained with many of the great names of the style, is Chief Instructor of The Traditional Ass. of Shotokan Karate and holds the rank of 8th Dan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.