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The Katas: The Meaning behind the Movements by Kenji Tokitsu

By Kenji Tokitsu

The embodiment of the traditional wisdom that underlies the dedication-to-perfection philosophy of Japan

• How getting to know those particular flow sequences referred to as katas presents how to deepen one’s martial arts perform spiritually

• Explores the mental and social significance of the katas in martial arts and eastern society, together with their position in seppuku (ritual suicide)

• comprises many examples from the lives of well-known masters, from the mythical samurai Miyamoto Musashi to 20th-century poet Yukio Mishima

An crucial a part of the martial arts of Japan, reminiscent of sumo and karate, the katas are particular sequences of stream that originated in the course of Sakoku, Japan’s interval of closure to the surface global from 1633 till 1853. The dedication-to-perfection philosophy of the katas, ubiquitous in eastern society, is key to knowing the non secular points in their martial arts in addition to different conventional eastern arts, similar to flower arranging, chadō (tea ceremonies), and kabuki theater.

With examples from the lives of recognized masters, from mythical samurai Miyamoto Musashi to 20th-century poet Yukio Mishima, this ebook explores the mental and social significance of the katas, together with their position in seppuku (ritual suicide), the student-master dating, and gyo (the aspect at which the practitioner breaks the mildew of the kata and starts to embrace it). taking a look at their origins within the warrior category and the way this pursuit of perfection is finally the way to settle for the facility of dying, the writer explains how appearing the katas transmits old wisdom a lot deeper than simply technical pursuits, supplying the way to deepen one’s martial arts perform spiritually.

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