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Karate-do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text Hardcover – Dec 1987


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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (Dec. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870118196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870118197
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 810,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GICHIN FUNAKOSHI is world famous as one of Karate's great masters. Born in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, in 1868, he studied Karate-do from childhood and organized the first public demonstrations. He was trained in the Confucian classics and was a schoolteacher early in life. After training for decades under the foremost masters in Okinawa he was elected president of the Okinawa Association for the Spirit of Martial Arts. He was chosen to demonstrate Karate at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo in 1922, which led to the introduction of the ancient martial art to the rest of Japan and subsequently to the rest of the world. Among his writings are Karate-do: My Way of Life, Karate-do Kyohan: The MasterText, and Karate Jutsu: The Original Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi. Master Gichin Funakoshi died in April 1957. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Karate Do Nyumon was Gichin Funakoshi's book for beginners and introduced us to the little practiced Ten No Kata. Ten No Kata is a fantastic tool for teaching fundamentals and introducing beginners to rehearsed kumite. As it is practised on the spot it takes up very little room and can be practised anywhere.

As far as the book goes, that's pretty much it. All of the stories and background can be found in Karate Do Kyohan which is a far superior work and the stories of Azato and Itosu are repeated in virytually all Funakoshi's work. The techniques displayed in the photographs are for me being a Shotokan karateka, shockingly poor and I shudder at the thought of a complete novice having this book and thinking that what he/she was looking at was good form.

However, this is Funakoshi's text and being a complete karate geek the book, for, me is worth having as a piece of Karate's history only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nintai on 18 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I like to read alot about my chosen art and others as I find martial arts facinate me. If I can take one thing from a book it's done it's job and I managed to with this book. Like my karate I re- visit my books incase I've missed something so I only keep the well written texts in my libary and this is one that I'll never disgaurd.
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By Simon on 24 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a an ideal intro book for beginners as it shows some basic katas for punching/blocking/kicking that can be practised anywhere, even in a small room. Also, it is by the great master.
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There are many books regarding the early life
and training of Funakoshi but I found this one
covers much of the content of the others...

Recommended...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos on 6 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book begins with history of te and a couple of masters. Of course in Funakoshi style there is no in depth details nor any dates. Ten no Kata is revisited, which is no longer practiced with frequency today. Funakoshi's books were the text book of karate in the early 1940's. Good for their time, but still a good addition to your library.
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