SPIRITUAL LEGACY OF THE MASTER
- The 20
- Friday found me in a book
store wandering around in the sports section.
- There on the shelf, stuck
between a bunch of larger books with lots of colourful
pictures and glossy pages, was a small book with a
brightly coloured jacket. Since I had learnt long ago
that good things come in small packages I picked it up.
- I was not disappointed.
- Here in my hand was a
translation in English for the first time, describing in
detail the 20 guiding principles of karate as laid down
by Master Gichin Funakoshi.
- The book originally written
in Japanese has been translated by a fellow martial
artist named John Teramoto, Go Dan, (5th Dan) who also
translated into English Master Funakoshi's book "Karate-Do
- John is a student of Sensei
Tsutomu Oshima, who himself, many years ago, translated
Master Funakoshi's book "Karate Do Kyohan" into
English, which in turn became the "Bible" for
Shotokan karate practioners the world over. Sensei Oshima
is the Founder of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) and
John Teramoto is currently the President of the Shotokan
Karate of America's Black Belt Council.
- The book is entitled,
"The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate".
- This book contains a series
of short commentaries written by Genwa Nakasone (1895 -1978)
in 1938. The commentaries are on each of Master
Funakoshi's 20 precepts of karate, and Master Funakoshi
personally read the commentaries and approved each of
the establishment of the basic kata of karate-do (1937)
- (Front row
from right to left) Chojun Miyagi, (Founder of
Goju Ryu), Chomo Hanashiro, Kentsu Yabu, Chotoku Kyan, (back
row from right to left ) Genwa Nakasone, Choshin Chibana,
Choryo Maeshiro, Shinpan Shiroma.
- By adding a more detailed
explanation to what the Master meant by each of his
precepts the book clarifies many of the precepts that up
until now had been left open to various interpretations.
- While much of what is
written will be of more benefit to students who have
followed the path of Shotokan karate for many years, the
book will also help new students get an early grip on the
Master's words which will aid them in their personal
training as it progresses over the coming years.
- The choice here is a simple
one - buy the book - what is contained in the first few
pages alone is worth the price of admission.
comes from many places,
- but only to
those who seek it.
- Part the
clouds - see the way.
objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
- of the
human spirit through physical and mental training."