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Linking the time when karate was a strictly Okinawan art of self-defense shrouded in the deepest secrecy and the present day, when it has become a martial art practiced throughout the world, is Gichin Funakoshi, the "Father of Karate-do."

Out of modesty, he was reluctant to write this autobiography and did not do so until he was nearly ninety years of age. Trained in the Confucian classics, he was a schoolteacher early in life, but after decades of study under the foremost masters, he gave up his livelihood to devote the rest of his life to the propagation of the Way of Karate. Under his guidance, techniques and nomenclature were refined and modernized, the spiritual essence was brought to the fore, and karate evolved into a true martial art.

Various forms of empty-hand techniques have been practiced in Okinawa for centuries, but due to the lack of historical records, fancy often masquerades as fact. In telling of his own famous teachers-and not only of their mastery of technique but of the way they acted in critical situations-the author reveals what true karate is. The stories he tells about himself are no less instructive: his determination to continue the art, after having started it to improve his health; his perseverance in the face of difficulties, even of poverty; his strict observance of the way of life of the samurai; and the spirit of self-reliance that he carried into an old age kept healthy by his practice of Karate-do.

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The autobiography of the man who made karate an international martial art, in which he recalls his own teachers and 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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jeremyrdeere, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by jeremyrdeere)
This book should be on the shelf of not only any Karateka but any Martial Artists. It embodies what is is to truly practice the way or Budo. The stories Master Funakoshi shares and information he passes on will make anyone strive to be better. This is not only a must read for martial artists, it's a must read for anyone who wishes to be inspired.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780870114632
Subtitle:
My Way of Life
Author:
Funakoshi, Gichin
Author:
null, Gichin
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Location:
Tokyo ;
Subject:
Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Subject:
Karate
Subject:
Martial Arts - Karate
Subject:
Funakoshi, Gichin
Subject:
Travel/Sports
Subject:
Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Subject:
Travel, Sports, and Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Subject:
Travel, Sports, & Recreation | Sports | Martial Arts
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Martial Arts
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
19810915
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
4.3 x 7 x 0.5 in 0.25 lb

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