Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Karate-Do Nyumon: The Master Introductory Text Paperback


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$39.00 $3.86

There is a newer edition of this item:



NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; Reprint edition (December 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770018916
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770018915
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Language Notes

Text: English, Japanese (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author


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: My Way of Life, Karate-do Kyohan: The Master Text, and Karate Jutsu: The Original Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi.

Master Gichin Funakoshi died in April 1957.

More About the Author

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: My Way of Life, Karate-do Kyohan: The Master Text, and Karate Jutsu: The Original Teachings of Gichin Funakoshi. Master Gichin Funakoshi died in April 1957.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
1
3 star
3
2 star
1
1 star
0
See all 16 customer reviews
Well, not that bad.
Stephan Eberhard
I highly recommend this book for any martial Artists studying Karate..
Wolverine
This book contains a lot of "Do" as well as technique.
David Quigley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Travis Cottreau on May 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
All of us who study karate are lucky that Funakoshi wrote all he did. Except for a very few others, Funakoshi is the only early written information about karate and the earliest material that was translated into English.
Unfortunately for myself and many others who study karate history, Funakoshi never goes into much detail about much of anything. He almost never gives a date and he rarely, if ever says where he learned any of his kata or other practices.
The material on his teachers (Itosu and Azato primarily) is in summary form, never mentioning more than anecdotes. There are no dates, mentions of other students they had, what they taught etc...
Over all, this kind of book is about real karate, certainly enough to get a young mind going in the right direction about karate. It is well written, we can probably thank the translator for that. It contains some interesting material that is fun to read. Beyond that, it lacks detail to keep you interested for long.
Most of Funakoshi's books are like this for history. For the real meat of Funakoshi's karate (rather than this introduction), take a look at "Karate-do Kyohan", which contains much more technical information.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Karate-Do Nyumon is a wonderful book for any karate practitioner to read. I've read my copy through many times, and that's not counting all the times I've come back to specific areas of the book. This is one of the best books available for the new student in helping them understand just what karate-do really is, and it is no less a very informative read for students and teachers of all other levels.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Lyon on December 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Written by Gichin Funakoshi, Shotokan Karate founder and "father of modern karate", and translated by John Teramoto, president of Shotokan Karate of America's Black Belt Council, this book was originally published in Japanese in 1943. The first half of the book is full of wonderful history and entertaining anecdotes, advice on training, and photographs of practice during the first half of the (20th) century. The second half contains descriptions of basic techniques, ten-no-kata, and kawashi as practiced recently by senior Shotokai members. The text concludes with wonderful 'vignettes' of Funakoshi's teachers, Yasutsune Itosu and Yasutsune Azato, and of their teacher, Matsumura Sensei. Very highly recommended!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a practioner of MANY martial arts and I have to say, without a doubt, the Master Funakoshi has put together a great text which describes a part of his martial heritage and how his masters dealt with adversity in the past. The stories he tells us are not only for entertainment, but they serve as an example on how one should ACT, not REACT, in a situation. I esspecially respect the fact that Master Funakoshi is an innovator and not mearly an immitator. My praises.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. R. Nicholls on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as I have heard much of Gichin Funakoshi through my training in Shotokan. It is the first book I've read which was written by Funakoshi.
I expected, as the book's title suggests, an introductory text. It therefore delivers.
It is interesting to read the master's thoughts on the way karate-ka should develop. I would say this is a must read for anyone who sees Karate as purely about technique. My teachers have always tried to instil that it's more than that. This book underscores the principle that it should be about enhancing one's self, that through Karate you should develop as a person.
Some interesting points about his teachers, and an interesting Kata i'd not heard of before (Ten No Kata).
I'll be buying Karate-Do Kyohan
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Swift (cjsiicrc@quartz.ocn.ne.jp) on July 8, 1998
Format: Paperback
Myself being a student of Okinawa karatedo and this book being one by the great Funakoshi Gichin himself, I must give it a good rating, because it is a good book. His tales of his teachers are a very good read, and the chapter on Karate in Ryukyu tells people exactly what all these kyusho-jutsu people are telling us now: that there ARE "secret" movements in the kata! (Unfortunately, Funakoshi Sensei does not go into details). :)
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Huck on August 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A good book fom the Master to the beginning student.It will help you to understand the beginnings of Shotokan Karate and will help you decide on the best style of martial art for you to follow.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Erik C. Pihl on September 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book should be in the library of every serious martial artist, regardless of their specialty. Funakoshi demonstrates clearly that the basic value of karate (and any martial art, for that matter) is respect for self and others. The language is simple. The translation is very good.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0xa2f6654c)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?