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Shin Gi Tai: Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit

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Winner - 2012 International Book AwardFinalist - 2012 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord MagazineHonorable Mention - 2013 Eric Hoffer AwardWithin these pages, you will discover traditional karate; along the way, perhaps many of your own beliefs about karate will be confronted. You might have a body capable of mastering karate s physical techniques, but do you have a mind w ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published October 16th 2011 by YMAA Publication Center (first published January 1st 2011)
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Alain Burrese
Sep 25, 2012 Alain Burrese rated it it was amazing
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"Shin Gi Tai: Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit" by Michael Clarke is an outstanding book for all martial artists, not only Karateka. While Clarke's background, and much of what he writes about, is in traditional karate, many of the lessons and philosophy that Clarke writes about and teaches is relevant to all traditional martial arts. However, if you study Japanese or Okinawan arts, especially Okinawan Goju-ryu, you will appreciate this text even more.

After the introduction, there are
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Bert Edens
Apr 02, 2013 Bert Edens rated it really liked it
I received this book from its publisher YMAA for the purposes of reviewing the book.

As a fairly short-time martial artist, about 14 years as of this writing, I was excited about learning from someone like Master Michael Clarke, who has been practicing for several decades. The book promises to educate you on the body, mind and spirit of karate, knowing in Japanese as Shin Gi Tai.

While I believe the book definitely touches on each of these areas, it seemed like those concepts were secondary to a
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Susan Peterson
Nov 28, 2011 Susan Peterson rated it it was amazing
When I was a beginning student sometimes high ranking black belts would come to the dojo to visit, teach, or train. I discovered that if you hung around after class and asked a few leading questions, sometimes the visiting black belt would open a new world to you: stories about his teachers or about masters now gone, techniques for strengthening a particular part of the body, martial philosophy and psychology, new ways of looking at old techniques, or challenges to think about and test yourself ...more
Sunflower
Dec 05, 2011 Sunflower rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Karate practitioners; general audience
Recommended to Sunflower by: Friend
Very well written. Shin Gi Tai by Michael Clarke is a book not just for learning about Karate in the physical sense, but also it is a mind stretch to help examine the spirit of Karate. There is a lot of reference to budo, a concept, that is more discussed than put in actually practice. I was glad that Michael Clarke examined this aspect as it can be immensely helpful in putting things in perspective. I also enjoyed reading about the history of Okinawan Karate.
I like what he says, "Your life is y
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Dean Sundmark
Mar 03, 2013 Dean Sundmark rated it really liked it
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Very good book on the nature of mature Karate training. Inspirational in spirit and philosophy of training.
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Michael Clarke has been the art and design correspondent for London's "Times Educational Supplement" for more than thirty years. He contributes almost-weekly articles on major exhibitions and current developments in the visual arts. He has also contributed to many other journals, including "Contemporary Visual Art" and "Fashion + Theory." He lives in London.
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