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Practical Course of KARATE DO

Author: Neculai Amalinei
Polirom Publishing House, Iasi, 2006.

256 pages, 160x235 mm
ISBN: 973-46-0383-3
Price: 245.000 lei / 24.50 lei noi
Available: Yes

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Practical Course of KARATE DO

When the names of the Martial Arts are pronounced, they awake an inner eye and raise questions.
Forbidden from their beginning, even in their birth places (China, Japan a.s.o.), the Martial Arts existed as an advantage for restrained groups of persons. Only the last century rendered them the honored place deserved as a world cultural inheritance.

However, during the ages, their magic aura never ceased to brighten. In those times as now, the same questions arise.
• What are the Martial Arts?
• What do represent the Martial Arts for us?
• Which way do they pursue in their evolution and/or in the conscience of the people involved in their practice?
• Is their fascination produced only by the mystery of Asia?
• Did the impediments encountered in the practice of the Martial Arts assure a high level of the practitionersf character?
• Why did so many people sacrifice their careers, their families and even their lives for the Martial Arts?
• Why does the glory of the Martial Art masters rise above the shortness of the moment?
• Why was a Bushi (warrior) compared with a cherry flower?
• Is a school of the Martial Arts a place where one can train the body or the practitioners character might be forged as well?
• The fascination spread by the greatest Japanese sword masters as: Tsukahara Bokuden, Miyamoto Musashi, Yagyu Munenori, Ito Ittosai, Ono Tadaaki, Yamaoka Tesshu a.s.o. is due only to their extreme ability in the sword practice or because they are equally founders of Martial Arts schools and fighting styles?
• Maybe because they also did write treatises of philosophy, poetry, No theater masterpieces, because they did create paintings and sculptures which belong to the Japanese Cultural Heritage?
• Are the great masters Uiyeshiba, Kano, Oyama, Yamashita, Nakayama, Kawaishi, Enoeda, Kase, Mabuni etc. only the representatives of their Martial Arts or do they also express a philosophy linked to a certain way of life?

All these questions and ideas converge to a level of the human being where it is supposed to be a place for a perfect world. Therefore our conscience rises at a universal knowledge standard, without any explanation than the act in itself.
The samurai faced death as the Greek heroes their gods, expressing thus the possible answers for those who are searching through immortality the ultimate destiny. Silence might offer another answer, too.
And when we are contemplating the Fuji-san' snows reflected by the sea, the waves of our memory recall master Jigoro Kanofs words:
"Anyone who intends to follow the way of Judo must above all instill this teaching in his heart."
By training you in attacks and defenses, it refines your body and your soul and helps you make the spiritual essence of Judo a part of your very being. In this way you are able to perfect yourself and contribute to the value of the world. This is the final goal of Judo discipline.
The answers of these questions are as different as are the people involved into this research.

This course of Karate Do Shotokan also offers a wide range of answers, for example, historical answers, technical answers, scientific and philosophical answers, and so on.
This book is structured into two chapters, which contain an historic and four parts which form together an introduction in the study of Shotokan Karate Do.
At the beginning of the book one can notice a brief history of this martial art and a short biography of the great masters, which have helped To De to become Karate Do.
The first three parts describe the general basis of the study of Shotokan Karate Do, the fundamental principles and the basic Karate Do martial arts technique.
The fourth part deals, in a scientific way, with the problematic of flexibility and stretching, in order to lead the martial arts practitioners to achieve the desired performance, without hurting themselves.

While writing this course, the references towards the teaching methods of Shotokan Karate Do masters as: Masatoshi Nakayama, Taiji Kase, Hirokazu Kanasawa, Guy Sauvin, Frank Anderson, Jean-Pierre Fischer and Hitoshi Kasuya were done.
Notes, photographs and interviews with the following masters of Karate Do were also used: Hirokazu Kanazawa (10 Dan), Koichi Sugimura (8 Dan), Hideo Ochi (8 Dan), Guy Sauvin (8 Dan), Hitoshi Kasuya (8 Dan), Jean-Pierre Fischer (7 Dan), Manabu Murakami (6 Dan), Takashi Shibuya (7 Dan), Ticky Donovan (7 Dan), Frank Anderson (7 Dan), Santo Torre (7 Dan) and Gerry Breeze (6 Dan).
These interviews were taken from "Samurai Magazine", during the years I sustained it as an editor. We wish this course to be a part of every Karate Do practitioners life - the person who enters the path of knowledge, seeking answers to the questions of the existence, in the fascinating martial arts world.

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