Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Essence of Karate by Gichin Funakoshi

Just finished "The Essence of Karate" by Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate.  The book is a short read and is full of stories about the positive effects of Karate training.  Worth the read really and if you read faster than me (which should be easy for most everyone as I am usually a slow reader) than I would definitely take a look.  Shouldn't take more than an hour or two to finish.

Of all of the qualities Funakoshi discusses in the book this quote stood out to me more than all the others.  "A characteristic that distinguishes Karate is that it cannot be commercialized or adapted for competition. Herein lies the essence of Karate-Do, as it cannot be realized with protective equipment or through competitive matches."

Food for thought perhaps...