A serious, thought-provoking book that examines the philosophical, historical, and societal influences on the martial arts of the samurai, and how these influences are reflected in modern karate training.
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Karate is not only a means of self-defense; it is also a sport and philosophy, "a way of Life." This book examines each of these aspects and explains why educators and parents are becoming interested in karate as an educational tool. This book draws on the vast knowledge and skill of one of the foremost Karate masters in the world, Randall Hassell.
The author, through a series of chapters, focuses on different philosophical themes, explaining many of the fundamental principles and telling how Karate can change the lives of those who practice it-giving them health, self-confidence, and both physical and mental discipline. This book will be one of the more sought-after works in decades to come; it adds insight for those karate practitioners interested in the philosophies of Budo and how they apply to the art of the "empty hand." It is a quiet but powerful work that is one of the best ever written about the philosophical aspects of Karate.
Randall G. Hassell began his study of Karate in 1960, and received his black belt from the Japan Karate Association in 1968. For almost five decades, he has devoted himself to the teaching and study of karate-do and other martial arts. In addition to teaching in his school in St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Hassell oversees the instruction of thousands of students and travels extensively, lecturing and officiating.
By Randall G. Hassell. Softcover. 129 pages.
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