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Beyond the Black Belt: Secrets of Advanced Karate Ranks Paperback – 15 Apr 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (15 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759672407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759672406
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,244,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a good book. No pictures, just a fascinating exploration into the phases in training that the various degrees of black belt go through physically and psycologically. You don't need to be a black belt to read it. I opened the book in the morning and didn't put it down until I'd finished reading it. There are a number of amusing tales and the author clearly has the ability to make them amusing. Recommended.
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Format: Paperback
Not really a book written for an adult audience. Nice perhaps for teenagers who have recently started training. Written in language that is accessible and comfortable for that age group. Very basic analysis of the advanced karatika mindset.. I have massive respect for the author as a martial artist, but he will not be challenging for the Noble Prize anytime soon.
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Amazon.com: 2.8 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Printed Appearance of this NEW book is unpleasant 19 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just received this recently published book ...
I must admit, something just irritates me about books printed in "Times New Roman" and print that is justified to the right hand margin causing some sentences to have larger gaps between the words. Just makes for bumpy reading, and that's why you commonly don't see books printed like this. I wish the publisher or author would have chosen a better printed, "reader-friendly" appearance.
The book might be loaded with awesome information and stories... once my eyes adjust to the format, I'll be able to find out. Until then, I thought I'd let other "would-be-purchasers" know what to initially expect after paying ... for a 2002 book with pages that look like they just rolled off of an early 80's computer printer.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and insightful book 11 Mar. 2008
By Ashley M. Wann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been involved in some form of martial arts for a number of years. I started out dabbling in Aikido until I decided grappling wasn't good for my already destroyed joints. I am still an active practitioner of wushu/kung fu. Having seen many's the black belt come and go from various venues, I was at once excited to scoff at the glorious accolades Gary was sure to bestow on them in his book, Beyond the Black Belt: Secrets of Advanced Karate Ranks. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
The book is an anonymously honest account of Gary's own mistakes and triumphs, and those of students and associates who have come and gone. It shows that there is an escalating battery of neuroses that black belts must overcome in order to achieve the very highest ranks. The book confirms my suspicions that all the black belts who I've seen quit the arts after achieving first degree were afflicted with the same condition: believing a black belt is a finish line.
To students who try (in practice and philosophy) to adhere to the tenets of the traditional martial arts as best they can, Gary's book is a refreshing and sobering look at why it can be said that the martial arts can have as much to do with the mind as the body. One can perfect every move, execute each of them with precision and grace, but fail in battle if he can not control his mind, and show deference and respect to those around them. Black belts must obviously overcome extremes ranging from arrogance to profound and disruptive humility before they can become martial artists in the truest sense of the word.
In sum, while I imagined myself generally familiar with the martial culture and the "bow to your sensei" element of advanced ranks, Gary's book opened up a lot of insight into this often frustrating dynamic. Really, it's not their fault. Every practitioner has to overcome these neuroses to some extent. I have therefore learned to recognize these convulsive reactions to skill in myself, and hope to correct or face them before they become a problem. Overall, it was an extremely entertaining and insightful book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good and insightful. 6 Oct. 2009
By Ro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is insightful in more than just Martial arts. It is quite informative. However, I didn't like the font, but that can be overlooked. After reading this, I have noticed some of the same problems that were mentioned in a few of the higher belts in my class, as well as myself. I have talked with Kyoshi, as well, and learned a few things about what he was thinking while writing this book. I suggest reading this book, it is straight forward and rather entertaining to boot.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book by a dedicated man 23 Nov. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are tired of martial arts books hiding lack of experience behind vague mystical language, then this is the book for you. In the place of vague statements is clear language backed up by stories giving context to all the concepts. I recommend this book for beginners in the martial arts and experienced practitioners, or anyone else looking to expand their understanding of karate.
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the white belt 16 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had the opportunity to spar Gary in the late 70's at a martial arts competition. I beat him then and I can beat him now. His whole philosophy on martial arts is disgraceful.
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