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The Essence of Karate, by Gichin Funakoshi

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message 1: by Peter (last edited Oct 20, 2016 11:29AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Peter | 0 comments ** To the mods, the listing on Goodreads says this book was written by Hirokazu Kanazawa - this is incorrect. He only wrote the foreword and the book was actually written by Master Gichin Funakoshi.

As a practitioner of Shorin-ryu Shotokan for the past 18 years, this book is extremely interesting to me and I'm very much looking forward to reading it!

Here's the synopsis:

Gichin Funakoshi is a legendary figure and the founder of Shotokan karate, the most popular style of Japanese karate, with millions of practitioners worldwide. In The Essence of Karate, Funakoshi creates, in his own words, a narrative of modern karate. He explains the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings and includes memories of his own training, as well as recollections of other karate masters and the history of the martial art. He also discusses the importance of winning without fighting, and the reason why many great martial artists improve with age.
The preface has been contributed by Hirokazu Kanazawa, President of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (and Funakoshi's disciple). He fondly writes of his memories of Gichin Funakoshi during his youth and what he learned from the master. In the afterword, the founder's great-nephew, Gisho Funakoshi, shares previously unknown personal anecdotes about his "Uncle Funakoshi."

Peter | 0 comments Finished this one and it was very interesting. It's more of an essay than a novel and is philosophical in nature on what makes up karate. Essentially Master Funakoshi talks about maintaining a healthy mind and body and the way karate helps with that and that karate is more than physical exercise and technique. Karate is a path, one that needs to be consciously chosen with both mind, body and spirit.

If there are any other practitioners of karate, it is well worth your time to read it.

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