A Guide to Unity of Body, Mind, and Soul
Owen Johnston http://www.johnstonkarate.com
2 Understanding Karate-do Legal & Author Information Copyright Information: Johnston, Owen Understanding Karate-do (version 1.0) Copyright 2005-2011 All Rights Reserved. The PDF version of this book may be freely distributed or copied for personal or classroom use. Do not directly sell this book without contacting the author first and becoming an official reseller. This guide is also available as a professionally bound and printed trade paperback for only $7.99, and available for Kindle at only $0.99. Please help our dojo defray costs and keep tuition low by purchasing a copy and/or sharing the link with others :) https://www.createspace.com/3612943 Or http://www.amazon.com and search for Understanding Karate Author & Publisher: Owen Johnston firstname.lastname@example.org Johnston Karate Home Page: http://www.johnstonkarate.com Don't forget to visit the site for all of our books and videos, which are provided freely. Simply click the link at the top of the page that says 'Free Karate Downloads'.
3 Understanding Karate-do Table of Contents Introduction - 5 A Brief History of Karate - 6 A Brief History of Wado Ryu - 11 Karate Lineage - 15 Karate Principles for Self Defense - 18 Basic Techniques and Drills - 21 Kata - 25 Philosophy (dojo precepts, bowing, etc) - 33 Terms (Japanese pronunciation etc) - 34 Karate Precepts - 35 Karate Principles - 36 Strategy - 37 Peace, Harmony, and Truth - 40 On Teaching - 41 Walking the Path - 42 In Pursuit of Perfection - 44 In Pursuit of Perfection II - 45 In Pursuit of Perfection III - 50 Sources and Recommended Viewing - 57
Understanding Karate-do: A Guide to Unity of Body, Mind, and Soul Owen Johnston 2005-2011 'The true purpose of budo is the search for truth. In karate, three elements are important - physical strength, spirit and heart. The end of do (the way), cannot be achieved in a few years, rather it is a lifelong search. Perhaps you could say the aim is to make us good Human Beings.' - Ohtsuka Hironori (6/1/1892 - 1/29/1982), founder of Wado ryu karate
5 Understanding Karate-do Introduction 'The Way is not meant as a way of fighting. It is a path on which you travel to find your own inner peace and harmony. It is yours to seek and find.' - Ohtsuka Hironori Karate-do, as a tool for self-improvement in one's own life and for the lives of others, is rivaled by few other disciplines on earth. It may be practiced nearly anywhere, anytime, and by almost anyone, especially its code of conduct. It is not necessarily a religion, but indeed a discipline that one may apply to one's existing beliefs. It is simply one of many methods by which one may step onto the path of becoming the best person one can possibly be, where one's ultimate teacher will be life itself. No book can replace formal, technical instruction; as such, this book is primarily designed as a companion guide for the existing or prospective student of Karate-do. Also, as this book is a constant work in progress, I realize that the histories and lineage provided are far from comprehensive. However, I do hope that they are passable as basic, concise sources. For more comprehensive information about the wide world of karate and more, check out my Sources and Recommended Viewing. My lineage: I earned the rank of shodan in Heiwado (Japan International Karate Center's karate) from Sensei Craig McKenzie. He was taught by Sensei Kevin Marshall, who in turn was taught by Sensei Dale Coker. His teacher was Shihan Ronald Woodard. My particular formulation of Heiwado is based on continued research. More lineage information is found in Part I of the book. Author & Publisher: Owen Johnston email@example.com Johnston Karate Home Page: http://www.johnstonkarate.com Don't forget to visit the site for free supplementary materials. Click the link at the top of the page that says 'Free Karate Downloads' for free videos and...