Karate-do Kyohan: The Master Text Hardcover – 1 Jul 1991
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About the Author
GICHIN FUNAKOSHI is one of karate's great masters. Born in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, 1868, he studied Karate-do from childhood and organized the the first public demonstrations. As president of the Okinawa Association for the Spirit of Martial Arts, he was chosen to demonstrate karate at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo in 1922. This led to the introduction of the ancient martial art to the rest of Japan and subsequently to the rest of the world. At the urging of friends and officials, he remained in Tokyo, and the development of the way of karate owes much to his teaching, writings and introduction of new forms. In his later years, he was president of Shotokai, of which he was a founder. He emphasized always the spiritual aspects of Karate-do, and it is significant that through his influence the Chinese characters for karate were changed from "Chinese" hand to "empty" hand.
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Top Customer Reviews
The range of kata is almost all encompassing, only missing Meikyo. A high elite kata that should not be written down as it is only teachable by tutor.
The portion on kumite sparring is interesting and insightful however it does embody all I dislike about "sport" karate.
Despite this anyone can enjoy this book, whether practicing spiritual or sport karate. It is an awesome supplement to training but descriptions are too detailed and complex to be used alone so make sure you learn them at the dojo first!
This book is well worth it at twice the price and is the first karate book you should buy
applications. Non-black belts should consult their sensei
before using the photographs as a guide for their form;
some techniques have evolved (note the back-stance photos)
since its original 1958 publication.
Consider using Nakayama's "Best Karate" series for its
photographs, and this text as a historical reference and
companion for its excellent written detail. See Funakoshi's
"Karate-do: My Way of Life" for more historical information.
Unwilling to completely dilute his art from the deadly personal protection system that had been used by generations of royal bodyguards on Okinawa, Funakoshi includes, albeit at times vaguely, historical data that provides us with clues as to the true nature of his art, including the use of dirty tactics such as grabbing, wrestling and spitting at your opponent to distract them before applying a finishing technique and escape.
Often maligned these days for weakening a great fighting art, Gichin Fubakoshi's and indeed Itosu's decision to modify their art was a necessary evil to ensure the survival of Karate Do due to the Meiji regime's hatred of anything too old fashioned or barbaric. Take the time to read the text in this record and all the clues as to how Karate was originally intended to be used, as a brutal and practical self - protection system, are there. It is up to us as studious Karateka, to look at and extract the clues that were left to us in this and other texts of that time, written by the men who created and developed our art. I'm of no doubt that they knew a damn sight more about it than you or I. To criticise the teachings of men of the incredible calibre of Gichin Funakoshi is both ignorant and extremely arrogant!
Karate Do Kyohan is a piece of Karate History that every serious Karate student should have in their library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brilliant informative book should have read it years ago !Published 16 months ago by stuart vousden
This book really is the 'Master Text', written by the founder of Shotokan, Gichin Funakoshi.Published 19 months ago by Razboynik
The book arrived some days before the due schedule. It's really excellent: either for the karate pratictioners who loves its philosophy or for those who need rework on their... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2013 by Paola Corradi
You won't be sorry you bought this book. It's interesting to see karate from old to the progress of karate today.Published on 18 Mar. 2010 by nintai
I have been doing Shotokan Karate for almost 4 years and I have always wanted to have some kind of media where I can study and review the basics of this martial art. Read morePublished on 2 July 2009 by Jon Alonso Masa
If you only buy one Karate book this has to be the one, written by a master who dedicated his life to Karate and its improvment.Published on 4 Jun. 2009 by Mr. D. R. Sims