Philosophy & History

Here you’ll find our recommendations in regards to books on Karate History and the Philosophy of Karate

Masao Kawasoe, 8th Dan: Recollections of a Shotokan Karate Master the Early Years (1945-1975)
A quick read about Kawazoe sensei’s early days with Karate. Contains nice stories which give an interesting insight in the Japanese way of Training Karate in the 1940′s and beyond.

The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate: The Spiritual Legacy of the Master
If you want to understand the essence of Karate – and you will want that if you practice Karate with sincerity – then this is a must.
Directly from the Father of Shotokan-Karate, and yet the principles apply for all styles. Even though Funakoshi Gichin san is known as the father of Shotokan Karate the principles described in his book apply to all styles.

The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate

Style: All
Level: Beginner – Advanced

A noble and philosophical look at Martial Arts

Tao Of Jeet Kune Do

Style: All
Level
: All

A Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) was written in 1643 by the undefeated Samurai Myamoto Musashi and is indeed an absolute must (well I guess we said this before, but it’s hard to not get excited! Sorry). An excellent book on strategy, attitude and the elements!

The book of five rings

The book of five rings

Style: All
Level
: All

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