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Captures the essence of karate with Zen-like precision,
This review is from: Shin Gi Tai: Karate Training for Body, Mind & Spirit (Paperback)
I have been a big fan of Michael Clarke's writing ever since his first book `Roaring Silence'. Mike is one of the few writers in the world who seems to be able to capture the essence of karate in his writing, reflecting not just the practical aspects but also the meaning behind the art, and in a down-to-earth way that makes it very accessible. This is no doubt thanks to his passion for karate and years of dedicated training, and it all comes together in his new book Shin Gi Tai.
Mike writes on all aspects of karate - mind, body and spirit - and I find myself nodding and agreeing with everything he says, not only regarding basics but also some of the less popular `truths' about karate, for example the politics, charlatans and general misunderstandings that that are common in the art, for example the myth of `advanced' techniques.
This is not a book filled with techniques, rather it offers a commentary and insights into everything from finding the right dojo and teacher to physical training and the cultivation of the correct mental and spiritual approach in your training.
Towards the end Mike also offers an fascinating insight into Okinawa, the birthplace of karate and short biographies of three great masters. Mike references his own years in Okinawa, and while his principal training has been in Goju Ryu, he also references Shotokan, Kyokushinai and other style.
If had to recommend one book to a student setting out in karate I could think of none better than Shin Gi Tai. Mike's other works (Roaring Silence and Hojo Undo) are also highly recommended.