Karatedo - My Way Of Life - Funakoshi G. - Book
Much has been published in Japanese about the great karate master, Gichin Funakoshi, but this is the first translation in English of his autobiography.
Much has been published in Japanese about the great karate master, Gichin Funakoshi, but this is the first translation in English of his autobiography. Written not long before his death at the age of ninety, he describes in succinct detail his own life -his childhood and young manhood in Okinawa, his struggle to refine and popularize the art of karate, his prescription for longevity and reveals his unique personality and his somewhat old fashioned way of viewing himself, his world and his art. Through this volume the follower of Karate-do will gain greater insight into the master's own way of living and thinking and, as a consequence, a sharper understanding of the art of self-defense that he brought to a state of such high perfection. There are innumerable delightful anecdotes about this extraordinary man, many of which he recounts himself in these pages. Funakoshi will perhaps emerge as something of an eccentric, but he was merely following the moral and ethical code of his ancestors, a code that existed long before there was such a thing as written history in Okinawa. Master Funakoshi was a splendid example of a man of his rank born at the beginning of the Meiji period, and there are few men left in Japan today who may be said to observe a similar code. • Entering the Way • No Weapons • Training for Life • Recognition • One Life • Important Points • The Past, The Future