The Karate Way
Discovering The Spirit Of Practice
Karate is not just a sport or a hobby—it’s a lifetime study toward perfection of character. Here, Dave Lowry, one of the best-known writers on the Japanese martial arts, illuminates the complete path of karate including practice, philosophy, and culture. He covers myriad subjects of interest to karate practitioners of all ages and levels, including:
• The relationship between students and teachers
• Cultivating the correct attitude during practice
• The differences between karate in the East and West
• Whether a karate student really needs to study in Japan to perfect the art
• The meaning of rank and the black belt
• Detailed descriptions of kicks, punches, evasions, and techniques and the philosophical concepts that they manifest
• What practice means and looks like as one ages
• How the practice of karate aims toward cultivating character and spiritual development
After forty years studying karate and the budo arts, Lowry is an informative and reliable guide, highlighting aspects of the karate path that will surprise, entertain, and enlighten.
KODO: Ancient Ways
Lessons in the Spiritual Life of the Warrior/Martial Artist
A compilation of columns that appeared between 1988 and 1995 in Martial Arts Training magazine. In this ever-changing world, traditions are often being cast aside as people search for novelty and progress. The 41 essays in this book are inspired by the teachings and wisdom of the ancients who devoted their lives to instruct others. Their ideas are preserved in this volume to inspire and guide readers in training and in life for years to come.
Treasured for centuries by karate’s top masters, the Bubishi is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine, and technique as they relate to the martial arts.
Referred to as the “bible of karate” by famous master Chojun Miyagi, for hundreds of years the Bubishi was a secret text passed from master to student in China and later in Okinawa. All of karate’s legendary masters have studied it, applied its teachings, or copied passages from it. No other classic work has had as dramatic an impact on the shaping and development of karate as the Bubishi.
Karate historian and authority Patrick McCarthy spent over ten years researching and studying the Bubishi and the arts associated with it. The first English translation of this remarkable martial arts manual includes numerous explanations and notes. McCarthy’s work also includes groundbreaking research on Okinawan and Chinese history, as well as the fighting and healing traditions that developed in those countries, making it a goldmine for researchers and practitioners alike. For the final word on the true origins and spirit of classic Okinawan martial arts, one needs to look no further. This karate book is one of the best karate training supplements available.
“Chojun is an exciting next-step in the evolution of how karate’s history is told.” (Michael Clarke, 7th dan Kyoshi, author)
“Riveting… Very highly recommended!” (Lawrence A. Kane, martial artist, author of Surviving Armed Assaults, co-author of The Little Black Book of Violence and Scaling Force)
“Remarkable, it’s that good!” (Kris Wilder, best selling martial arts author)
About the Author
Goran Powell, 4th dan, Goju Ryu Karate. Goran is author of three martial arts books, a freelance writer in London and recipient of numerous advertising awards. A regular contributor to Martial Arts magazines, Goran has twice appeared on the cover of Traditional Karate magazine. This is his second novel. Goran Powell resides in London with his wife and three children
A Sudden Dawn
IP’s Living Now Awards GOLD WINNER – 2011
eLit Awards GOLD WINNER – 2011
USA Best Book Award WINNER – 2011
This epic historical fiction novel opens with a young man named Sardili born of the warrior caste in 507 A.D. Sardili realizes that he would rather seek enlightenment than follow his family’s military legacy and sets out on a life-long quest for truth and wisdom.
Sardili becomes the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, known as Da Mo in China. He travels throughout India, brings Buddhism to China, and single handedly establishes the Shaolin Temple as the birthplace of Zen and the Martial Arts.
Sudden Dawn is a refreshing take on the mythical origins of Kung Fu with a good pace, enjoyable interpretation of legendary characters, and wonderfully written adventures during the long journey across Asia.
Martial Arts Instruction
“This is the book instructors want to have on their desk, open, and dog-eared.” — Kris Wilder
While the old adage, “those who can’t do, teach,” is not entirely true, all too often “those who can do” cannot teach effectively. This book is unique in that it offers a holistic approach to teaching martial arts; incorporating elements of educational theory and communication techniques typically overlooked in budo.
Teachers will improve their abilities to motivate, educate, and retain students, while students interested in the martial arts will develop a better understanding of what instructional method best suits their needs.
A tactical toolset useful to anyone’s teaching style
Improve your ability to motivate, educate, and retain students
Explains how to optimize time and attention
Designed to individual preferences and learning styles
Effective for both children and adults
The author’s approach balances the reality that martial arts instructs are responsible for ensuring the safety of practitioners who learn potentially deadly techniques with the truism that if their classes are not enjoyable and productive no one will participate in them.
Learn how the hard-style karate that became shotokan took shape in 19th century Okinawa as an embattled king with an unarmed force of bodyguards faced an armed invasion from overseas. In this new 328-page book, author Bruce D. Clayton, Ph.D., uses rare sketches, footnoted historical research, archival lithographs, period photographs and contemporary technique demonstrations to reveal shotokans deadly intent and propose modern practical applications of such knowledge. Achieve a new level of theoretical understanding and fighting ability by learning Shotokans Secret for yourself!
In The Dojo
Beginning students in Japanese martial arts, such as karate, judo, aikido, iaido, kyudo, and kendo, learn that when they are in the dojo (the practice space), they must don their practice garb with ritual precision, address their teacher and senior students in a specific way, and follow certain unwritten but deeply held codes of behavior. But very soon they begin to wonder about the meaning behind the traditions, gear, and relationships in the dojo.
In this collection of lively, detailed essays, Dave Lowry, one of the most well-known and respected swordsmen in the United States, illuminates the history and meaning behind the rituals, training costumes, objects, and relationships that have such profound significance in Japanese martial arts, including
• the dojo space itself
• the teacher-student relationship
• the act of bowing
• what to expect—and what will be expected of you—when you visit a dojo
• the training weapons
• the hakama (ceremonial skirt) and dogi (practice uniform)
• the Shinto shrine
Authoritative, insightful, and packed with fascinating stories from his own experience, In the Dojo provides a wealth of information that beginning students will pore over and advanced students will treasure.
The Way of Kata
“..absolute must for any serious practitioner…” (Philip Starr, Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame Member, founder of Yiliquan)
“…bridges the gap between form and application…” (Loren W. Christensen)
“…brings meaningful information to today’s martial artists.” (Martina Sprague, martial arts instructor, author)
“This book is a pioneering step…” (Sgt. Rory Miller)
“This superb book is essential reading…” (Ian Abernathy, author)
“Another TOTALLY COMPLETE book by Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder, and I might add, no less than I have come to expect from the two fine writers. The Way of Kata is absolutely the most complete and comprehensive book that I have ever read on kata applications…” (Bohdi Sanders, author of the award-winning bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence)
Mixed Martial ArtsR10.00
In this eBook, readers will be introduced to following;
Techniques Of Jujitsu
Mixed Martial Arts
Injuries and Safety
Readers are urged to explore further under the guidance of a reputable and experienced instructor.
The Ultimate Karate Bible
Karate is probably the most effective method of unarmed defense and counterattack ever devised by man. The practitioner depends solely on the deadly efficacy of their trained and toughened bare hands, elbows, knees, and feet. The benefits to be gained by Karate go far beyond the purely physical. The experienced practitioner of the martial art attains a high degree of physical and mental awareness. Karate helps with the development of a strong character and builds a feeling of respect toward our fellow man. The study of Karate, therefore, is valuable to all people, male and female, young and old alike.
This huge 191-page manuscript packed with 196 easy to follow illustrations will show you all you need to know about humiliating your enemies and being afraid no longer. You’ll be surprised just how easy it is to defend yourself against any potential threat or attack. As a physical art, Karate is almost without equal. Since it is highly dynamic and makes balanced use of a large number of body muscles, it provides excellent all-round exercise and develops co-ordination and agility.
Here’s just a small sample of what you will discover…..
How to adopt the correct stance to protect yourself
Over 50 offensive thrusts of attack
17 blocking techniques to defend against an attack
The exact pressure targets to aim for on your attacker.
A whole chapter dedicated especially for women
How to use Karate breathing exercises
The secret to moving from one attack directly into another
How to use The Choker to make any attacker think twice
Defend and attack in the same movement
Which nerve focal centers to aim for
How to defend against street attacks
How to use your attackers’ size against them
Defend against a knife attack
Diet – Foods that can improve your performance
What to do if you are attacked from behind
How to generate 300% more power on a punch
How to combine multiple blows in less than a second
And lots, lots more…..