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Shotokan Myths

Author : Kousaku Yokota
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Although there has been a lot of history and information published and written about Shotokan karate, in many cases, it is incomplete and sometimes inaccurate. It is the author's belief that valuable information should be passed down accurately and compiled in one place for easy reference. In this book, Shotokan Myths, the author has extensively assembled a plethora of information relating to the historical, philosophical, technical, and fundamental aspects of Shotokan karate. He gives straightforward answers to questions that anyone interested in the Japanese martial arts would like to know as well as more thoughtful and thought-provoking answers to questions that are more insightful. The material covered in this book is simple and straightforward enough for beginners to understand yet diverse and comprehensive enough for experienced martial artists to enjoy. The covered topics provoke all martial artists to think about what they know and challenge them to further rethink or explore their understanding to increase their knowledge. The author has trained with many Shotokan karate masters of old. They had a profound impact on his karate training, and he brings with him this living history. By sharing his thoughts and opinions in this book, he hopes to pass on an accurate history, his own experience, and the knowledge that he gained through his many years of training and teaching to the next generation of karate/martial arts practitioners. The author believes that to study karate is not to merely practice its physical movements but also to understand and respect its history and philosophy as well as to continuously challenge oneself mentally and intellectually. He does not expect you to agree with everything he says but to have an open mind and not accept everything at face value. He expects you to look at things from an informed point of view and make your own decisions.

Pulling No Punches

Author : Colin Smith
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There is a global assertion that karate training develops good character. Shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi is credited with this aphorism: "The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants." But he lived in another era and never witnessed the extent to which his karate ideal has been mauled worldwide. Inspiring as such rhetoric may seem, it establishes no fact or even a probability. Other factors shape our character, like our upbringing, our environment, or the pure-and-simple luck of the gene-pool draw.But not karate. Funakoshi's claim is a fiction because nobody can provide empirical evidence that karate training improves morality. This personal account nicely illustrates that the purported link between karate training and the improvement of morality and character is a myth that deserves to be buried in concrete along with the other fabrications so prevalent in the Shotokan about living and dead instructors.In this second edition, the author provides an additional forty pages of new facts, fresh recollections, and a few more take-downs of the arrogant liars in the Shotokan.

50 Martial Arts Myths

Author : Sulaiman Sharif
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Presents and refutes various myths about the martial arts and gives detailed information about the various disciplines for martial arts teachers, students, and enthusiasts.

East Asian Pedagogies

Author : David Lewin
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This book opens up philosophical spaces for comparative discussions of education across ‘East and West’. It develops an intercultural dialogue by exploring the Anglo-American traditions of educational trans-/formation and European constructions of Bildung, alongside East Asian traditions of trans-/formation and development. Comparatively little research has been done in this area, and many questions concerning the commensurability of North American, European and East Asian pedagogies remain. Despite this dearth of theoretical research, there is ample evidence of continued interest in (self-)formation through various East Asian practices, from martial arts to health and spiritual practices (e.g. Aikido, Tai Chi, Yoga, mindfulness etc.), suggesting that these ‘traditional’ practices and pedagogical relations have something important to offer, despite their marginal standing in educational discourse. This book will appeal to all researchers and students of comparative education studies with an interest in issues of interpretation and translation between different traditions and cultures.

Shotokan Mysteries

Author : Kousaku Yokota
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Shotokan Mysteries communicates Kousaku Yokota's work and research into the great, deep golden chest of our continued rediscovery of Shotokan karate in a positive and reflective approach. This book reaches out, openly guiding the reader into recognizing karate as a whole thing itself, paving the way to allow for questions and the subsequent answers to run side by side in a noncritical way, and transcending any misinterpretation or misunderstanding in practice and cultural relationships to the topics and chapters contained within its pages. As the title suggests, the aim of the book is to clear up and correct many collective myths about Shotokan karate. Of course, the author's work and research aren't just directed at the Shotokan community. They can be easily accessed and applied to all areas of training within the martial arts genre. He does this by simply describing that a lack of knowledge can be easily changed by challenging and changing your own personal understanding, taking down the boundaries of stuck thought and what is termed far too often as "right and wrong," and dispelling the myths which surround our shared art. The information, in whatever form the author puts it forward, transfers to the collective minds of those who share our common passion and is routinely communicated in such a straightforward way that it allows absolutely anyone from any culture or walk of life to understand better and at a higher level the martial art which they have chosen to do. This the author does with humility, displaying a continuous spirit and correctness reflected in his lifelong practice of karatedo.

Traditional Fudokan Karate

Author : Ilija Jorga
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Traditional Fudokan Karate - My Way The fundamental psychological and physical principles of Karate By Univ. Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga MD. PhD., 10th Dan, Soke Publisher: Karl-Hans König This book on Karate, written by Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga now appears for the first time in English. It describes the fundamental physical and psychological principles of traditional Fudokan Karate. Fudokan is a concept developed from Shotokan Karate. It extends the traditional aspects of Karate as seen in Shotokan, Shito-Ryu, Gojo-Ryu and Okinawa-Te by adding knowledge gained from the modern fields of biomechanics and sport medicine. Fudokan means House on a stable foundation. The style was established in 1980 by Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga, 10th Dan, Soke, one of the great Karate Masters of our time. Prof. Dr. Ilija Jorga is still today engaged in teaching and training in Europe and throughout the world. In this book he describes how to apply these principles in training and in combat, and explains their relationships and concepts. The book also lists all the Fudokan Kata, and describes and illustrates the Katas specific to Fudokan, such as Meikyo Nidan, Taiji Shodan, Heian Oi Kumi and Kaminari. Single volume: hard cover edition with protective jacket Format: 220 × 170 mm 236 pages, color ISBN 9783743127760 Euro 29.90 To order, please visit www.shotokan-karate-dojo.com or online book stores like www.amazon.de or www.amazon.com

Shotokan Mysteries 1 4

Author : Kousaku Yokota
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Introduction: My first book, Shotokan Myths, was published in 2010 and to my great pleasure it has received a lot of positive feedback from many readers. Some sent me emails and told me that this book gave them a different perspective to their training. One reader in Australia, Ms. Astrid Meid, called it her karate Bible which almost embarrassed me and here is what she wrote; “I have been using your book like a karate bible, I open any page and read from there, it has helped me to open my mind further as I try to understand and look beyond the meaning and continually question karate as such, in life, in spirit, and of course the techniques, I am find myself asking myself questions about technique applications and looking for any possible way to combat that technique, it is very good for me mentally. A great book, one of those that you can open any page, read just that page and then put the book down.” Another reader from the UK, Ms. Moley Walsh, also gave me a very nice compliment; “I found this book to be the most educational karate book I have ever read. I found it extremely interesting and have learned so much more than I expected. I read this book in awe just by knowing that the information you have written must have taken you hundreds and hundreds of man hours to research to which you kindly decided to share with the rest of us karate-ka. It was a very enjoyable read and has given me plenty more to think about. All of your answers have turned into many more questions, but questions I never even thought about until now, and so this gives me even more to research. I thank you personally for the book and think that you have done an incredible job in putting all of this together. I do not have a bad thing to say about it. I was trying to see which chapter I enjoyed the most, but I don’t have one, I simply could not put the book down.” Those readers realized there were many “facts” and “truths” that were hidden or taken for granted and those subjects needed to be questioned. They said what I shared in the book made sense. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the readers who took time to read my first book as well as those who purchased this one which covers many other subjects that I could not put in my first book. My second book, Shotokan Mysteries, contains the following interesting subjects. Chapter 1. Funakoshi’s New Techniques Chapter 2. The Mysteries of Heian Kata Chapter 3. Heian Bunkai Mysteries Chapter 4. Mikazuki Geri, An Extinct Kick? Chapter 5. Disparity Between Kata And Kumite Chapter 6. Why Uchi Uke? Chapter 7. Does Shotokan Lack Circular Techniques? Chapter 8. Straight Techniques in Circular Movements Chapter 9. Unstable Balance Chapter 10. Gravitation, Your Enemy? Chapter 11. Karate Master Chapter 12. Shu Ha Ri Chapter 13. Tenketsu Jutsu (Dim mak) Epilogue: The Last Samurai I cannot believe that three years have passed since the publication of Shotokan Myths. Many have been asking for my second book and I wanted to publish this much sooner but it took three years. Those were very busy years but also exciting and productive ones for me. Let me talk a little about myself and some of the experiences from my early days. During my early years of training I was like those readers who wrote and shared their karate lives with me. I was a diligent and blindly dedicated student who never questioned. When a sensei said ‘jump”, my response was “How high?” Of course, the only answer we could give to a sensei in Japan was “Osu”. As I got older and had my own students, many questions came to mind. But I had no place to go or anyone knowledgeable to ask so I had to do my own investigation and research. For the first time I started to look into the history of Okinawan karate as well as the teaching of other styles. My interest expanded beyond Karate and my research went into Ki and various Chinese m

SHOTOKAN KARATE PRACTICAL COMBAT KARATE FOR THE STREET

Author : Joseph Truncale
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Shotokan Karate is one of the most effective forms of self-defense but it is this area that is most ignored in traditional Shotokan dojos. This modest manual is different from most Shotokan Karate texts because it focuses on the self-defense application of karate. Traditional Shotokan karate concentrates on three primary areas. They are basics or Kihon, Kata or forms, and sparring or kumite. The sparring may consist of five times sparring, three times sparring, one time sparring, semi-free sparring and free sparring. Self-defense training is seldom practiced and this manual hopes to fill that gap for students of Shotokan and other traditional styles of Karate. This manual covers the basic principles of self-defense, use of force factors in self-defense, simple and effective self-defense techniques to counter arm grabs, body grabs, choke attacks, punching and kicking attack counters, club attacks, knife attacks, gun attacks, ground attacks and multiple attacker self-defense techniques.

Martial Arts Behind the Myths The Martial Arts and Self Defense Secrets You NEED to Know

Author : Phil Pierce
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Unlock the hidden secrets of Martial Arts and Self Defense... The no.1 download: Get your copy now! From acclaimed author Phil Pierce, discover the truths behind the secretive and fantastical world of martial arts. - Do you know the best martial art for 'real' street self-defense? - Or how board breaking really works … and how you can do it? - Uncover the one self-defense myth that could keep you alive! - The truth behind martial arts superhumans. - Which is the original martial art? - The truth about your inner badass. - The surprising reality behind everyone's favorite weapon. - The secret 'trick' to Bruce Lee's One Inch Punch (and how to do it yourself). Discover these and much more inside! From acclaimed martial arts author Phil Pierce, this guide cracks open the secretive techniques and explores why we are fascinated by the unknown and the mysterious world of combat arts. Whether you train in Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, MMA, or just want to learn the insider tips and tricks, get your copy now. To say thanks for checking out this book you can get a FREE copy of "3 Steps to Explosive Power for Martial Arts and Fitness" from my website now. Just visit: www.BlackBeltFit.com Claim your free copy now! Tags: Martial Arts, Self Defense, Self Defence, MMA, Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Bruce Lee, Krav Maga, UFC

Karate Do Nyumon

Author : Gichin Funakoshi
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This introduction to karate teaches both the physical training and the mentalhilosophy necessary for karate mastery. The book also provides the completeistory of karate.

Shotokan Transcendence

Author : Kousaku Yokota
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Shotokan Transcendence is the third episode in the author's ongoing work, which goes beyond the myths and enlightenment of mysteries. Yokota Shihan provides straightforward answers often glossed over or unaddressed. The reader will find the thought-provoking material covered in his work simple and straightforward enough for beginners and yet diverse and comprehensive enough for the well experienced, too. The way the information is presented is sure to provoke all martial artists to rethink what they already know while challenging them to continue exploring their understandings in order to arrive at a definitive knowledge. By sharing his thoughts and opinions in this work, Yokota Shihan builds an important bridge linking the past to the present, providing a simple way to accurately understand and pass on the history, technique, and philosophy of Shotokan karate to the next generation of learners. His work demonstrates his knowledge of and respect to the legacy of the art while honoring the heritage of those pioneers responsible for developing Shotokan karate. In Shotokan Transcendence, Yokota Shihan unites the courage to speak with unprecedented depth about karate and the talent required for this daring task and shares the admirable result. This work is destined to become a modern classic and an important part of the history of Shotokan karate.

Myths and Legends of the Martial Arts

Author : Peter Lewis
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Like any other philosophy, religion or culture, each martial art has its founding myths and heroes; stories that tell of the art's origins and makes sense of its underlying philosophic principles. This book is a collection of these myths and legends.

Wado Ryu Karate Jujutsu

Author : Mark Edward Cody
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Wado Ryu Karate/Jujutsu is the third book by master martial arts instructor, Mark Edward Cody. This volume explores the origins, techniques and kata of one of Japan's most traditional martial arts. This is the first book to examine all seventeen kata of the system and is one of the few existing texts written by a native English speaker. Unlike other works on the subject, kata movement is explained in precise detail. The reader is given clear, systematic instruction in the direction, execution and technique of kata movement. Cody chronicles the traditions of Wado Ryu in light of the necessity for innovation and combat effectiveness in the propagation and evolution of ancient fighting systems. Wado Ryu Karate/Jujutsu embodies the ancient martial principle to "Absorb that which is useful". Hironori Ohtsuka created the Wado system by blending the best aspects of Shotokan Karate with Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu. Following the Founder's example, Cody draws upon his knowledge of Filipino Combat Systems and other arts in his analysis of this Traditional Japanese Fighting Art.

Chila Kumari Burman

Author : Lynda Nead
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This monograph brings together the work of Chili Kumari Burman from 1980 to 1995. Burman was among a handful of artists whose families had settled in post-war Britain and who emerged from art schools in the early 1980s. Faced with an art establishment unwilling to recognize the individual cultural practices of such artists beyond the stereotypes of ethnicity, Burman became part of a militant vanguard determined to gain their right to full participation in the nations cultural life on their own terms - meaning, amongst other things, self-representation and artistic credibility. Burman has consistently used her own image in an ever-expanding repertoire of provocative and active female identities, complementing her artwork with polemical texts, curating exhibitions and community art projects.

In Funakoshi s Footsteps

Author : John Van Weenen
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Twenty years after Britain's best selling karate book 'The Beginner's Guide to Shotokan Karate' first appeared, the author, John van Weenen, is publishing his amazing autobiography. In Funakoshi's Footsteps is a unique work and gives an honest, refreshing evaluation and insight into the 'not so idealistic world of Shotokan Karate', as seen through the eyes of a prominent British teacher. It 'pulls no punches' and exposes the myths surrounding many Japanese and British instructors, and offers a wealth of invaluable metaphors contained in more than two hundred individual stories. Above all, John's autobiography is filled with realism. Mistakes, (and there are plenty of those), humour, tragedy, compassion, romance, heartache and encounters and experiences with what resembles a 'Who's Who' of Japanese and English instructors since the death of Master Funakoshi.

Olympic Review

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Modern Kenpo

Author : Bobby Lawrence
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Warrior Dreams

Author : John J. Donohue
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WARRIOR DREAMS explores the reasons why Americans are fascinated with the martial arts from a socio-cultural and psycho-symbolic point of view.

Proceedings

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The Complete Martial Arts Training Manual

Author : Ashley Martin
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The Complete Martial Arts Training Manual is a book/DVD combo designed for anyone who has an interest in the martial arts. Having a broad knowledge of the various techniques of the martial arts gives a martial artist an expanded ability to counteract a variety of attacks and overwhelm an opponent's defenses. In expanding his own martial arts knowledge, Martin shares with the reader his years of experience as a practitioner and teacher. He provides a catalog of the various martial arts being taught worldwide and their strengths and weaknesses. He then covers the basics of hand-to-hand techniques within each of those disciplines, from strikes to ground fighting. Finally, he offers information on the overall health and well being of the martial artist, including important nutritional information and stretching techniques. With an instructional DVD included, The Complete Martial Arts Training Manual is a solid foundation of martial arts for beginners and a key supplement for the veteran martial artist. Chapters include: Learning the Aspects of Fighting—an introduction The Way of the Warrior—definition of a martial art; limitations of ground fighting; a complete martial artist A Catalog of Martial Arts—Kung fu; Jujutsu (or jiujitsu); Aikido; Judo; Karate; Kickboxing; Taekwondo; Boxing; Wrestling; and more Combat Basics—fighting ranges; reflex training; basic combat techniques Hand and Elbow Strikes—jabbing punch; hook punch; uppercut; superman punch; and more Defenses—slip; duck; block; two-handed defense Foot and Knee Strikes—front kick; roundhouse; tornado kick; flying knee strike Break Falling—front break fall; back break fall; side break fall; front rolling break fall; break falling myths Takedowns—hip throw; shoulder throw; side sacrifice throw; the sprawl Locks and Choke Holds—arm lock; Americana; rear naked choke; cross choke Ground Fighting—shoulder hold; chest hold; guard; passing the guard Stretching for the Martial Artist—leg flexibility; arm flexibility Nutrition for the Martial Artist—food pyramid; pre-exercise nourishment; reducing body fat; weight gain program