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The Karate Code: Did You Ever Ask Yourself What Karate Really Means?

The Karate Code: Did You Ever Ask Yourself What Karate Really Means? [Kindle Edition]

Jesse Enkamp
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Take charge of your own karate development and discover the true sophistication of traditional martial arts knowledge, as it is revealed in this exclusive behind-the-scenes book from a plethora of some of the last authentic living legends of classical karate - their wisdom right at your fingertips.

With notable contributions by such venerated grandmasters as: Hirokazu Kanazawa, Tetsuhiro Hokama, Mitsusuke Harada, Takayoshi Nagamine, Kiichi Nakamoto, Minoru Higa, Masayuki Kukan Hisataka, Masahiro Nakamoto, Teruyuki Okazaki, Hiroshi Kinjo, Kensho Tokumura, Yoshio Kuba and many more...

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Jesse Enkamp is prolific blogger, author, elite athlete and martial arts instructor on a neverending pursuit of knowledge and general awesomeness. Connect @

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5380 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jesse Enkamp (22 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00526P8L8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not worth the price 13 July 2012
By xap
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The content in The Karate Code is interesting. Although some of the "essays" are barely more than a paragraph. Others are longer though and overall I would definitely say the book is worth reading if you care about Karate and are seeking meaning that might be found in its practice. My biggest issue with the book is the price. I don't like the low quality of the printing. The pages are fairly roughly cut, the cover is flimsy and the printed images on the pages are low resolution. Overall it looks like a self-printed book (it says on the back that it is printed by Amazon). The content and presentation are not worth £20, I would say closer to £10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 24 May 2013
By PeteS
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An inspiring compilation of wisdom from masters of karate collected by the author who has a passion and knowledge, and is helping to keep our martial art alive in the true spirit of karate.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Expected more 30 Nov 2011
By Emily - Published on
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The Karate Code isn't a book... More of a booklet. It contains 12 very short answers to "Why study karate?" by several of the "old masters" of karate. While there may be some nuggets of wisdom here, mostly they're things that karateka will have heard before.

For the price, I expected something more than this. It was a waste of money, IMO. Also, be warned that if you're buying the kindle version, the format is very annoying, as all the pages are basically gifs that are too small to read without zooming. Gets repetitive and annoying; a simple transcription of the text would have been better, though it would have taken the "book" from ~75 pages to less than 10.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Karate Code review 5 Jan 2012
By DJ - Published on
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I thought the book would bring new insight to my understanding of Karate. Instead it goes over the same old material. There are a number of books like this where they ask old instructors their thoughts on why they train in Karate-Do. The author writes a blog that is far more interesting

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5.0 out of 5 stars Karate Masters Wisdom 31 Aug 2011
By Teresa Mustelier - Published on
It is a rare book that offers us a new way to look at something old. The Karate Code is that kind of book and the irony of it all is that the 'new' that I discovered came from the voices of some very old and wise karate masters. This book will be an inspiration to anyone who has ever practiced the art of Karate. Each Karate Master offers up a different gem of wisdom, a different way of seeing Karate. This book is not cheap but like other readers I have found myself reading parts of it again and again. I have it on my coffee table and even people who do not practice karate have found it interesting. I pick this book up often as so much as what is in this book is best digested over several readings and re-readings. I get something slightly different from each of these essays when I revisit them. Thanks to the author for bringing us the wealth of inspiration and information that are in these essays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 29 Jun 2011
By Mr T - Published on
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Very interesting stuff! Jesse wrote the following on his blog ( "You will need to re-read The Karate Code many times in your life, since the content has different meaning depending on what phase of Karate (and life) you are in. [...]". Already in the first few chapters I found this to be true. The Karate Code is a very useful book to relate back to when you need some inspiration in your daily training. Although, I have to admitt, I don't understand everything in the book yet, but I will...someday!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Karate Code 29 Dec 2013
By Mike Addison-Saipe - Published on
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An entertaining read.Jesse Enkamp seems to need to say things that should not need saying but do due to the ignorance amongst most karateka regarding their art. The writings from the masters are interesting but hold no surprises.
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