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From the Minds of the Masters: The Inside Thoughts, Tips & Techniques From Modern Karate-Do’s Best and Brightest Paperback – January 16, 2015
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About the Author
Jerry Figgiani, 8th dan, President/Founder of Shorin Ryu Karatedo International, comes from a strong lineage of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu practitioners who have followed the footsteps of Shoshin Nagamine. He has been training in karate since 1977 and has been teaching for over 25 years. Through his extensive background and training in the martial arts, he has developed a unique way of bringing the kata to life. He is a sought-after seminar instructor who has the ability to enable students to understand not only the kata, but the function and application, thus making his seminars universal to any system. In addition, he is a published author and has won numerous awards in the martial arts industry for his accomplishments.
Shorin Ryu Karatedo International memberships are open to all students, styles, and ranks. To host a seminar at your school or to inquire about membership, contact Sensei Figgiani at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.srkdi.com
A special thanks to Jose Fraguas and Martial Arts MASTERS Magazine for their support and contribution to this project. (www.mastersmag.com)
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This is a book that creates a bridge between the old and the new. There is a sense of connection that can be felt when reading the interviews that goes beyond the technical aspects of the movements, to the heart of Karatedo. That said, there is ample discussion of technique to satisfy practitioners of all levels, but more over, Figgiani Sensei is able to weave a deep connection between today's popular mixed martial arts and their obvious roots in traditional practice. In his discussion of kata application, he notes Lao Tzu's concept of "determined searching" connecting the practicality of repetitive, diligent kata practice to the unlocking of technical understanding. It is very refreshing to read about the commonalities that bring us all together in our practice rather than the stylistic differences that are all too often used keep us apart. Woven throughout the various interviews is the idea that there is much to be learned by studying those that came before, and preserving the knowledge, yet being open to looking at it with a fresh mind.
This book will bring the readers face to face with their own beliefs about their martial arts practice. It offers an opportunity to recognize the deep roots that today's popular mixed martial arts styles have with traditional study. It connects striking to grappling and offers a road map to the applications of kata, once thought to be secretly hidden techniques, to the student willing to see them. This book is an interesting, fast paced read that feels more like a tour through the world of Okinawan Karatedo than a book about it. The interviews are well paced, asks the questions that we all want to know and leaves the reader wanting more. This is a must have addition to any martial artist's library or that of anyone interested in seeing the threads that bond today's popular martial arts to their strong and deep roots in traditional training.