Dave Lowry addicts will not be disappointed & in fact will be very pleased with his latest work which takes a "serious" look at some aspects of karate that isn't covered in any other book I have ever read about karate.
I will update this review with more detail shortly when I have finished the book. It may seem strange that I'm writing as review so early, please forgive me, I could not wait to write about the enthusiasm and motivation that the book gave me in only the first few chapters.
This book is designed & more suitable for the karate-ka (budo-ka) that has practiced at their art for a number of years and wants to go a little further, or to climb the next peak as Dave puts it so succinctly. It's also really well suited to those who have reached a plateau in their training & who feel that they can't seem to progress any further.
Dave's long experience with the martial arts & Japan give him plenty of credentials to write such a book & "lead" us on to a better path, as any caring sensei should. If you find that you're practicing the wrong style or the club you are a member of is not a genuine one, Dave reassures us that we don't necessarily have to start all over from the beginning again & that it would be better to look around & shows us what to look for in a teacher who can fulfil our needs & take us further up that proverbial mountain.
As always Dave's style is friendly, comfortable & easy to read & absorb. He gets straight to the point without the need for repetition or padding or constant use of strange technical terms or pages of Japanese terms.
Please be sure to check back here again for a fuller review, if you're not already hooked that is?
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I have read this book cover to cover in fairly short space of time and given it a couple of days to reflect on it. I've been practising karate and kickboxing for about 20 years. This is the first book I've read which is about the 'way' of Karate, rather than an instructional guide.
My reasons for buying it were to try and understand more about what I can learn from Karatedo, and how. Having become reasonably proficient physically speaking, my training had reached a plateau so I needed further direction - having only occassional contact with my Sensei due to location, I have turned to books to further and broaden my learning.
In that respect alone I have found this book extremely thought provoking.
It goes a long way to dispelling some of the myths and urban legends that may commonly be held in the West, perhaps due to the influence of movies and games and so on. It tries to tell us about the depths of Karatedo beyond the superficialites with which it often treated, and more importantly it challenges you to seek out these depths.
There is also a good deal of practical advice in the book as well, both in terms of actual Karate training, but also what to look for in a Sensei and club, depending on what you want to gain. You will also find yourself thinking long and hard about what you actually want from Karate.
If you simply do Karate for sport/fitness/fun then I would not recommend this book for you. Particularly those who practise Karate as a sport, you may find that Lowry comes across as somewhat superior and almost sneering at your chosen level of depth - I'm sure this is not quite his intention but his style of writing certainly frustrates on occasion in this respect.Read more ›
I bought this because I was interested in a training, practice philosophy that is a great part of this book. I think it largely meets that requirement for me as a golfer. It is very interesting to read a practice book that is not so much about the sport but about an appraoch to training at the highest levele. I could thoroughly recommend this to athletes, golfers, tennis players, whatever. If you wantto getto the top - this book should be amongst your reading books at home. On a eet windy winter evening, what better way to get prepared than reading books like these?
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