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Karate-do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text Paperback – 1 Nov 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd; New edition edition (1 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770018916
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770018915
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.3 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,547,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

GICHIN FUNAKOSHI is world famous as one of Karate's great masters. Born in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, in 1868, he studied Karate-do from childhood and organized the first public demonstrations. He was trained in the Confucian classics and was a schoolteacher early in life. After training for decades under the foremost masters in Okinawa he was elected 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, which led to the introduction of the ancient martial art to the rest of Japan and subsequently to the rest of the world. Among his writings are Karate-do: My Way of Life, Karate-do Kyohan: The Master Text, and Karate Jutsu: The Original Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi. Master Gichin Funakoshi died in April 1957.

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Format: Paperback
Karate Do Nyumon was Gichin Funakoshi's book for beginners and introduced us to the little practiced Ten No Kata. Ten No Kata is a fantastic tool for teaching fundamentals and introducing beginners to rehearsed kumite. As it is practised on the spot it takes up very little room and can be practised anywhere.

As far as the book goes, that's pretty much it. All of the stories and background can be found in Karate Do Kyohan which is a far superior work and the stories of Azato and Itosu are repeated in virytually all Funakoshi's work. The techniques displayed in the photographs are for me being a Shotokan karateka, shockingly poor and I shudder at the thought of a complete novice having this book and thinking that what he/she was looking at was good form.

However, this is Funakoshi's text and being a complete karate geek the book, for, me is worth having as a piece of Karate's history only.
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I like to read alot about my chosen art and others as I find martial arts facinate me. If I can take one thing from a book it's done it's job and I managed to with this book. Like my karate I re- visit my books incase I've missed something so I only keep the well written texts in my libary and this is one that I'll never disgaurd.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a an ideal intro book for beginners as it shows some basic katas for punching/blocking/kicking that can be practised anywhere, even in a small room. Also, it is by the great master.
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There are many books regarding the early life
and training of Funakoshi but I found this one
covers much of the content of the others...

Recommended...
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This book begins with history of te and a couple of masters. Of course in Funakoshi style there is no in depth details nor any dates. Ten no Kata is revisited, which is no longer practiced with frequency today. Funakoshi's books were the text book of karate in the early 1940's. Good for their time, but still a good addition to your library.
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This book has historical valuable in as far as it was written by G.F. the founder of Shotokan. However, it retains the staid explanations and tired dogmatisms that so often accompany Shotokan teaching. Shotokan is one of the martial arts that would benefit from a thorough review of its syllabus and pedagogy- the ends of perfection, kime, speed and power are worthy- the means however are often irrelevant. You will get little from this book that can't be gained from several lessons and 10 mins on the web. Generally dissappointing- like much of its peers.
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I really enjoyed this book
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