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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; Tra edition (September 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594773483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594773488
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. . . The Katas is an intriguing collection of principles and makes for a fascinating read and enlightening read, highly recommended.” (James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, November 2010)

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MARTIAL ARTS / EASTERN PHILOSOPHY

An essential part of the martial arts of Japan, such as sumo and karate, the katas are specific sequences of movement that originated during Sakoku, Japan’s period of closure to the outside world from 1633 until 1853. The dedication-to-perfection philosophy of the katas, ubiquitous in Japanese society, is vital to understanding the spiritual aspects of their martial arts as well as other traditional Japanese arts, such as flower arranging, chado- (tea ceremonies), and kabuki theater.

With examples from the lives of famous masters, from legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi to 20th-century poet Yukio Mishima, this book explores the psychological and social importance of the katas, including their role in seppuku (ritual suicide), the student-master relationship, and gyo (the point at which the practitioner breaks the mold of the kata and begins to embody it). Looking at their origins in the warrior class and how this pursuit of perfection is ultimately a way to accept the power of death, the author explains how performing the katas transmits ancient knowledge much deeper than just technical movements, providing a way to deepen one’s martial arts practice spiritually.

KENJI TOKITSU has doctorates in sociology and in Japanese civilization. Born in Japan, he began studying martial arts as a child. In 1971 he moved to France and began teaching karate. He founded the Shaolin-mon Karate-do school in Paris in 1983 and the Tokitsu-ryu Academy in 2001. The author of Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings and Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts, he lives in France.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jed Rutherford on November 16, 2011
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i admit to having become a Tokitsu Sensei fan....for budoka on the bun bu ryodo pilgrimage this is a must read....provides wonderful insights and innumerable 'AHAAA!' moments regarding the philosophical elements that underpin and find expression in the various kata....after this read Evanescence and Form: An Introduction to Japanese Culture by Charles Shiro Inouye...if you grasp what is offered in these complementary texts it will influence what you bring to the physical manifestation of your chosen art...every time you enter into a kata ( i deliberately avoid the oxymoronic 'do a kata')you are stepping into a living stream which flows through the now...for those who know, no proof necessary...for those who don't....none possible...peace
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 14, 2010
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There is more to the martial arts than fighting techniques. "The Katas: The Meaning Behind the Movements" looks at the katas, a philosophical principle that connects much of Japan's many martial arts, the underlying goal of a dedication to perfection and the endless pursuit of bettering oneself. With much eastern philosophy blended in, "The Katas" is an intriguing collection of principles and makes for a fascinating and enlightening read, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Addison-Saipe on December 29, 2013
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The title should have warned me.The Katas.Kata is a word both singular and plural (like sheep).So the book was aimed at westerners who knew no better.It is an introspection,intelligent but ultimately like many introspective pieces-boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. G on August 26, 2012
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interesting book but it is not about Okinawa Kata but of Shotokan or one of the spin offs. there are better books on kata
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