My Way of Life
For the first time in paperback, the life story of the father of modern Karate-dō
“His childhood and young manhood in Okinawa, his struggle to refine and popularize the art of karate, his prescription for longevity...his unique personality....
Through this volume the follower of Karate-dō will gain greater insight into the master’s own way of living and thinking, and a sharper understanding of the art of self-defense”
—Genshin Hironishi, President, Japan Karate-dō Shōtō-kai
Also by Gichin Funakoshi
KARATE-DŌ KYŌHAN (translated by Tsutomu Ohshima)
In this fully illustrated volume nineteen kata (“forms”) are demonstrated. Both fundamentals and applications are discussed in detail. This is a basic text in karate technique and character development.
KARATE-DŌ NYŪMON (translated by john Teramoto)
The master of Karate-dō discusses the history of karate and traces its origins as a strictly oral tradition. Funakoshi recognizes the value and importance of the written record and clearly establishes the standard for Okinawan Karate.
About the Author
GICHIN FUNAKOSHI is one of karate’s great masters. Born in Shuri, Okinawa Prefecture, 1868, he studied Karate-dō from childhood and organized the the first public demonstrations.
As president of the Okinawa Association for the Spirit of Martial Arts, he was chosen to demonstrate karate at the First National Athletic Exhibition in Tokyo in 1922. This led to the introduction of the ancient martial art to the rest of Japan and subsequently to the rest of the world.
At the urging of friends and officials, he remained in Tokyo, and the development of the way of karate owes much to his teaching, writings and introduction of new forms. In his later years, he was president of Shōtō-kai, of which he was a founder. He emphasized always the spiritual aspects of Karate-dō, and it is significant that through his influence the Chinese characters for karate were changed from “Chinese” hand to “empty” hand.