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Karate : technique and spirit : respect, love, obedience
Nakamura, Tadashi, 1942-
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North Clarendon, VT : Tuttle Publishing, [2001]

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168 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
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Master the techniques and warrior spirit of karate with this illustrated martial arts guide.

The true essence of karate-do is integrated training of the body, mind, and spirit to achieve human potential fully. Karate: Technique and Spirit describes in detail all the steps necessary to attain this goal. It is a book of Karate technique, a guideline for training, and a patient exposition of moral philosophy. Kaicho (grandmaster) Nakamura takes us from the basics--warmups, punches, blocks, and kicks--to the advanced practice of traditional weapons and kumite (sparring), all the while grounding the physical expression of this martial art in its rich history and philosophy.

With over 700 photos, Karate: Technique and Spirit vividly conveys the essence of karate-do and how it can bring deeper meaning to our daily lives. Chapters include: Foundations of Karate; Basics of Karate-Do; Postures and Stances; Natural Weapons; Kata (Formal Exercises); Kumite (Fighting) and more!

Author Notes

Tadashi Nakamura was born in Japan in 1942, on the island of Karafuto. A ninth-degree black belt, he is the founder and head of the World Seido Karate Organization headquartered in New York City

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgementp. 9
Introductionp. 13
Karate Way of Lifep. 14
1 Foundations of Karate
Historical Backgroundp. 23
Seido: History and Philosophyp. 27
Karate in Everyday Lifep. 34
Application to Modern Livingp. 43
Breathing Methodsp. 45
Posturesp. 48
2 Basics of Karate-Do Training
Karate-do Etiquettep. 53
Daily Schedule and Dietp. 56
3 Warming Up, Stretching and Calisthenic Exercisesp. 58
4 Postures and Stancesp. 67
5 Natural Weaponsp. 72
6 Hand and Arm Techniquesp. 85
Offensive Techniquesp. 87
Defensive Techniquesp. 93
7 Leg Techniquesp. 99
Offensive Techniquesp. 100
Defensive Techniquesp. 107
8 Tameshiwari (Breaking)p. 108
9 Kata (Formal Exercises)
Definition and Purpose of Katap. 113
Names and Meanings of Katap. 118
Taikyoku Kata #1p. 120
Seido Kata #1p. 123
Gekisai-Dai Katap. 126
Tsuki No Katap. 130
10 Practice of Weapons
The Traditional Weapon of Karatep. 135
Basic Bo Kamaep. 136
Sai Techniquesp. 137
Bo Offensive Techniquesp. 138
Bo Against Jop. 139
Bo Against Saip. 140
Bo Kata Chionp. 141
Sai Kata Ganki-Daip. 146