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Moving Zen: Karate as a Way to Gentleness [Kindle Edition]

C.W. Nicol , Munehiro Ikeda
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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'Moving Zen: Karate as a Way to Gentleness' is the biographical account of C.W. Nicol's journey into the heart of Shotokan Karate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5928 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Publisher: C.W. Nicol (12 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EIDB02M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard fists and a Cold Dojo 8 Jun. 2007
An older but an exact copy of "Moving Zen: One Man's Journey to the Heart of Karate".

Mr. Nicole tells about Karate from a Western viewpoint and how it was practiced in Japan after the war, but before it became mainstream in America. He recounts his interactions with the Japanese, some nice, some not so nice, and gives detailed accounts about his learning karate in the cold dojo with a wood burning stove as the only source of heat. His adventure is one that many of us envies but would not attempt, as he did and when he did. In our current day of carpet on the floor, and three inch safety padding, Nicole's book provides a good account of what karate used to be like and should be like today.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best martial arts book ever written 10 Sept. 2009
I have read this book countless times over the years each time i need motivation it never fails to inspire me., another reviewer remarked that this is how karate should be practised and i could not agree more with that gentleman.
Anyone who is looking for a serious insight into martial arts should read this book
HIGHLY recomended
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Zen 6 Nov. 2007
A very compelling and informative read. I have had this book for several years now and have lost count of the number of times I have re read his journey. A great book for keeping you motivated and inspired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing book from an amazing man. 18 Sept. 2013
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Google the author before you buy this book and you will find a man who has achieved an incredible amount in his lifetime from what were quite ordinary beginnings.

If you have any interest in the martial arts then this is a must read/must have.

This book inspires me everytime I re-read it and it may help you too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book tells the story of a British man seeking a Japanese dream, to study the martial arts in Japan. Mr Nicol was a wild youth getting into many street fights, he goes to Japan to learn Judo and Karate. He soon realises he must choose between them; he chose Karate. Whilst studying he learns inner peace and tranquillity, he also meets and marrys a Japanese girl.
This book is brilliant for those wishing to discover the culture of Japan through a martial arts (specifically Shotokan Karate) perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ for any serious martial artist 2 Sept. 2013
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This is renowned as the greatest martial arts story ever. Others have tried to emulate it, and some have even done a decent job, but this is the classic book and should be the first book in any martial artists library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable read this year. 2 May 2015
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A wonderful book, not a karate manual, nor a self help book, but a beautiful reminiscence of a man's time in Japan and his shaping by the rigour of karate. It's gentle and personal, the story of an inner and outer journey through a society and a "sport" which works through to the author's soul like water shaping a stone. I practice karate, and so have an interest, and I came away with a greater understanding not only of the practice, but also an insight into the weft of zen in its fabric. As a piece of writing about a life in Japan, I found it gently moving and genuinely interesting.
One last thing, a shame a previous reviewer spoils it slightly by telling us how he ends his time in Japan. Also a shame they seem to have got the details wrong. But I'll let you find that out yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, amazing, timeless classic 16 April 2015
By Keiko
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What can I say from the first page I was hooked, its like Shakespeare for Karate. Extremely well written. Beautiful, amazing, timeless classic. Someone who truly understands Japanese culture. If I had to some up one word. Pure. So pure, so good, you will have a glint in your eye at the end. This is how to live in Japan, how to treat Japanese, how to adapt and earn their love and guidance in return. I will never forget, 'Rank and championships are fine, but it is the path, the way, that is of most importance.'. Thank you Sensei Nicol for showing us the path.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read!!! a report from a western karate pioneer in Japan
Published 1 month ago by Joao Azevedo Oliveira
4.0 out of 5 stars karate
Interesting book about karate in Japan in the 1960s and how Westerners were viewed. A very personal but readable account
Published 6 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent :)
A brilliant rendition of a talented man and his life in Japan. A great insight into Japanese culture. Very well written
Published 7 months ago by jason hawkes
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever writte on traing in Japan
I first read this book back in the 70's and it has stood the test of time.
C W. Nichol writes in a honest and enjoyable manner. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Simon Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars very good. excellent quality
Worth reading , as not many books give you a western view on karate. I am Irish and can identify with this book quite well.
Published 15 months ago by Ross Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that offers to you a right conduct about how to be in society...
Great and classical book about Zen in the Martial Arts. This book help us how to conquer the balance between mind, body and individual behavior in society. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jose Pina
5.0 out of 5 stars Tempering body and soul through the practice of karate.
I read this book over 20 years ago, and really enjoyed it.

Recently, I was reminded of this book and purchased it again. Read more
Published on 4 Mar. 2013 by Razboynik
3.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read
I thought that this was quite an interesting read and was only really put off by the fact that the author left Japan to go whaling. Not exactly something to brag about.
Published on 20 April 2012 by Kitten
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