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Books are an important source of learning material for the martial artist.
The thoughts of Masters from countless generations past to present day have been recorded.
These pearls of literary wisdom will accelerate your Study of Karate-do and help you on our journey of self discovery.there are also a collection of fiction books that are simply a great read and also help to inspire the martial artist to further his training.

 

 

  The Martial Arts (Non-Fiction)

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Martial Arts (Fiction)

 

   
   

 

  The discipline of the Samurai

 

 

Lone Wolf (Kozure Okami), is an absolute classic of Japanese Samurai manga! The lead character is an assassin in 17C Japan, Itto Ogami, who travels the country plying his trade... along with his tiny son Daigoro. We soon learn that he was once the shogun's kaishakunin executioner, the samurai charged with beheading nobles who had just committed seppuku. (Paradoxically, seppuku is an honorable death precisely because it's such a painful way to die; yet the beheading is done so as not to prolong the agony.
The powerful Yagyu clan murders Ogami's family and forces him out of his position. He offers his infant son a choice, by placing a toy ball and a sword before him. Daigoro crawls toward the sword, sealing their fate... they will together travel the demons' road, Meifumado.
In form, Lone Wolf is a series of short stories-- variations on a theme of death. Ogami faces one formidable opponent after another, and exercises considerable ingenuity in order to find and dispatch his victims. Perhaps the most interesting stories are those involving Daigoro (who is sometimes used as bait, or gets himself in trouble when his father is away). Ogami obviously believes in the 'take your child to work' ideal, and it makes the child uncannily calm and collected.
It's also a fascinating tour of medieval Japan-- a sea of squabbling han, controlled though not exactly ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo. Koike's research is impressive; after a few volumes you'll feel right at home counting koku and sizing up a dotanuki.
The art is realistic and expert, and often dramatic. (If you're scared of the big-eyes school of manga, try this instead.) It's in black and white, though some shaded pages suggest that parts of it were originally published in color.
The series is addictive, Ogami is something of a moralist-- most of the time his victims are evil people; and when his employers are the bad guys he usually finds a way to ensure that justice is done. He's also admirably devoted, in his tough-guy way, to his young son. It's the Chanderlian formula of redemption amid crime and violence... but, well, the setup requires that almost every problem be solved by murdering someone. Koike and Kojima do their best to come up with clever and affecting variations on the theme,.
If you make it to the end, you should really get a certificate in medieval Japanese studies as well.:) Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 Attention All Westerners! When Practing Japanese Martial arts, are we not trying to emulate the virtues and "Way" of the Samurai? Perhaps not if one is involved too heavily in the elements of Sports Karate. Tradional Karate as practiced by the JKA is a different thing entirely. If you have never seen this clasic of Japanese film which gave rise to its other great western counterpart the Magnificent Seven, (Also a classic) then make sure you take the time to watch and be inspired.Written and Directed in 1954 this movie is in black and white which actually adds to the "feel" of the story and its characters.