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Karate-do: My Way Of Life Paperback – 1 Jul 1981
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This text presents the autobiography of the man who made karate an international martial art, in which he recalls his own teachers and of his efforts to define and spread knowledge about karate without compromising its spirit.
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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 Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text, 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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I am not a practitioner of Shotokan karate, but neither was he really; he was just a man that wanted to make a difference to every life that he touched and in most cases that is exactly what he did. Irrespective of what you think of Karate or Japanese martial Arts this man stands out as a true gentle spirit that followed what he believed was his true calling in life for nearly 80 years. He never entered in to a confrontation, succumbed to ego or diverted from what he believed was his life path, and in the process he managed to create the world's most practiced martial art; although if you asked him I am sure he would tell you this was never his intention, he simply wanted to help people better themselves. Which he did in great numbers. Hironori Ohtsuka, Mas Oyama, Keinosuke Enoeda, Kanazawa, Masatoshi Nakayama, Hidetaka Nishiyamaand many many more.
This book is a must for any Karateka, martial artist or historian looking at the birth place of modern Karate.
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Such a humble and dedicated man, there's definitely something for everyone to take away with them from this book.
A book that would do the world much benefit being placed in schools.
I Rei in respect to the Master no longer with us and again am thankful he was able to write this in his time here, so that we many years on may gain company and learn from him and all that he encountered and recorded.
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