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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770024770
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770024770
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.5 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SHIGERU EGAMI was president and chief instructor of the Shoto-kan of the Japan Karate-do Shoto-kai. Born in 1912 in Fukuoka Prefecture, he began practicing karate while a student at Waseda University, whose karate club he helped to establish. In 1937, he was appointed by Gichin Funakoshi to the Shoto-kan's committee for evaluation; after the Second World War he studied under Master Funakoshi and assisted him in teaching. Formerly manager of Waseda University's karate club and lecturer in physical education at the University he also taught karate at Gakushuin, Toho, and Chuo Universities and was active in establishing a number of karate organizations both in Japan and overseas. Among his books in English is Karate-do: For the Specialist.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tozer on 25 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Karate, which has come to be regarded by the public as nothing more than a spectacular, high-kicking style of fighting-with homicide as the objective-has meaning far beyond this superficial interpretation.

As a method of self-defence, karate has few equals, yet despite its great popularity, the essence of the art has been poorly grasped by many of its practitioners. Ancient in origin, the martial arts of the East have always had the development of man's spiritual, as well as physical, nature at their core. Karate-do, the "Way of Karate," is no different from the other martial arts in this respect.

Animals are not muscle-bound; why should a man be? Pliancy and flexibility are natural characteristics of the human body; rigidity is the mark of death. Beginning with the warming-up exercises-neglected in earlier karate books-and continuing with the fundamental stances and techniques, the student can learn to preserve that pliancy and flexibility and at the same time develop his natural strength, agility and coordination.

From the method presented in this book, the beginner can understand what it means to be calm of spirit but quick of mind. While actualizing the basic skills that lead to the confidence necessary to face any adversary, he will also develop the discipline that checks the misuse of such skills.

More advanced students, also, will find much of value here, for the author's practice of karate spans more than four decades, and he assesses both the changes in ways of training and in the way of thinking-as well as the significance of these changes. He shows the path leading to strengthening of body and mind and, thus, to harmony of mind and body.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fulgencio Molina Zapata on 29 Dec. 2001
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Shigeru Egami was president and chief instructor of the Japan Shotokai. Born in 1912 in Fukuoka, he began practicing karatedo while a student at Waseda University, whose karate club he helped to establish. After the Second World War he studied under Master Funakoshi and assited him in teaching. This is a revised edition of "The way of Karate beyond technique" published by Kodansha in 1976. A translation of the japanese edition "Shin Karatedo". An excellent Shotokai Master Text. Old pictures has showed in some chapters.
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By Not a Lot on 1 Oct. 2014
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This is well worth a read if only to get the background facts. Good guide to the fundamentals of Karate and is a must read for anybody participating in this or other styles of martial art.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By alexis.grigoriadis@tin.it on 21 Feb. 2002
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I strongly recommend this book, which is written by a real karateka. It let you understand the real spirit of Karate and why it was the deadliest of art. I have to say this as now the emphasis is given on agonistic performance and not caring about what you can and you must achieve from Karate. If you saw too many movies of Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris then you need to read this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R F Purnell on 5 Nov. 2014
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