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5.0 out of 5 stars The life and philosophy of Hirokazo Kanazawa, 6 Jan 2002
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Dave (Morecambe, Lancashire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
At a recent seminar in the u.k. held by Kanazawa my Sensei (an old student of kanazawa) was presented with a sighned copy of this book. For anyone who has had the honour of meeting kanazawa this is a fascinating read, detailing his life , and his philosophy. Although not a martial arts manual as such, it is more of a biography. But a fascinating look at a fascinating man. And one who has had a great influence on the martial arts, and indeed on myself as one his followers. Great reading for any karateka, especialy shotokan. Even more so, if you have ever met the great man himself.Now 70 and 10th dan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for any Karate Ka who wants to know about the legendary Kanazawa (Hirokazu), 15 Aug 2011
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Mr. V. Lee - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Kanazawa, 10th Dan: Recollections of a Living Karate Legend - The Early Years (1931-1964) (Paperback)
I have been looking for Kancho Kanazawa's biography for a while, and the "Karate: My Life" is out of print and is hugely hiked up in price by sellers. This "Kanazawa, 10th Dan: Recollections of a Living Karate Legend - The Early Years (1931-1964)" is a great find. Many of the stories are written as they were told by Kancho through his interpreter and recorded by the author (Layton) who did his upmost to preserve the masters' anecdotal messages true to the original and even keeping some of the humour. The closest you'd get to that is to actually get to listen to the recordings or be a fly on the wall in the room(s) during those times. Layon has done a fantastic job and a service to all Karate practitioners (especially Shotokan).

The author included commentary and some further information to go with the anecdotes at times. The book is sectioned into chapters/snapshots of the master's life. From his youth, from school, some of his escapades and confrontations, and training at the Takushoku university (Takudai), the famous All Japan Championships and teaching abroad in Hawaii and Germany.

Many of us will not have the good fortune to get to know Kanazawa personally, as he has so little time and is so sought after by everyone for seminars. I only have a glimpse into his character/person. But in my short time I had been in contact with the master (a couple of gradings, a few seminars in Ireland, visit to his SKIF honbu dojo one time with my college club) I found Kancho to be humble and charming man. It is the same man who bought my auntie flowers when he visits Cork (Ireland) for seminars and back then the Chinese restaurant was THE place to go for a good meal ;) I believe the master is quite fond of Ireland... and I hope to see him in November with his son Fumitoshi at another seminar.
This is only a small window into a man who is known for his humility, charm, and warm personality as well as a great communicator of karate and learning. At 80 years of age, that level of character is something to behold and admire.

Read this book now and smile :) Then, train hard, train smart.
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