Shin Gi Tai Karate Training for Body, Mind, and Spirit by Michael Clarke

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  • Within these pages, you will discover traditional karate; along the way, perhaps many of your own beliefs about karate will be confronted.


Binding Paperback
Publisher YMAA Publication Center
Country of Origin USA
Number of Pages 273
Pubilcation Date 2011
Condition New

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  • Karate Book
  • by Michael Clarke
  • Paperback Book
  • Big thick book
  • Great read

Shin Gi Tai Description

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Prepare to have vour beliefs challenged about what karate really is.

Within these pages, you will discover traditional karate; along the way, perhaps many of your own beliefs about karate will be confronted. You might have a body capable of mastering karate's physical techniques, but do you have a mind with a level of awareness that is able to grasp the true spirit of karate?
For adults only. Regardless of how many people you can defeat in combat, the deeper aim of karate has always been to conquer your own ego, and by doing so, to increase the likelihood of avoiding conflict.

When you can control your ego, you have a chance to establish peace in your life— this is the tradition of budo karate.

Shin Gi Tai has a literal translation: mind-technique-body. A karate-ka's mind (sbin) must be developed ahead of his technique (g2) if he is to discover a sense of balance within his body (tai). While the mental and physical aspects of karate are daunting and cause many to stop training, if you can just endure the early years— say, the first decade-then there is opportunity for real and lasting benefits.

Budo is a concept more often discussed than put into practice. Yet, as part of traditional karate training, it has the capacity to dramatically change lives for the better, but only if you are prepared to move past the obvious and strive to understand the philosophy and the morality of budo.

Your life is yours, your karate is yours; accept ownership of both and reap countless rewards.
"The spirit of karate is alive and well in Shin Gi Tai."
—Dr. Damon Young, from his foreword
"Aim high and train hard, go to the source of your karate, and seek its essence."
—Stan Schmidt, 8th dan, from his foreword
"Michael Clarke re-introduces the traditional approach to karate training in a way that can be well understood."
-John Porta, Hanshi, 9th dan, from his foreword
Michael Clarke is the author of the book The Art of Hojo Undo, winner of five awards:

MICHAEL CLARKE, Kyoshi 7th dan, Okinawan Goju-ryu, has trained in karate since 1974. He has written over three hundred articles for international martial arts magazines and authored four books. A young street fighter' in England who became a disciplined student of budo in Okinawa, Clarke enthusiastically teaches traditional Goju-ryu Karate in his dojo near Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.


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