INTRODUCTION TO KARATE-DO: ITS INNER TECHNIQUES AND SECRET ARTS

February 10, 2020 - Comment

The groundbreaking words of Toyama Kanken (1888-1966) are presented here for the first time ever in English. Toyama Kanken was the assistant instructor of Itosu Ankou Sensei, who first brought Karate out from under the veil of secrecy in Okinawa. One of only three known masters to have studied under both Itosu Ankou and Higashionna

The groundbreaking words of Toyama Kanken (1888-1966) are presented here for the first time ever in English. Toyama Kanken was the assistant instructor of Itosu Ankou Sensei, who first brought Karate out from under the veil of secrecy in Okinawa. One of only three known masters to have studied under both Itosu Ankou and Higashionna Kanryo, he is an unsung hero of the ancient martial arts. Ever diligent, Toyama Sensei continued his martial arts education by studying the inter related martial arts of Taiwan, then opened his dojo called the “Shudokan” after returning to Tokyo, Japan in 1931. His expertise and prestige has influenced countless martial artists and directly contributed to the founding of several important divergent styles. From among the ranks of Toyama Sensei’s Shudokan and its affiliated dojos sprang masters of Shudokan, Doshinkan, Yoshinkan, Keishinkan, Koeikan, Hakushinkai, Tsuchiya-ryu, Toyama Ryu, Renbukan, Shito-ryu, Shotokan, Kyokushin, Goju-Ryu, and many others. His first hand knowledge of the grandfathers of Karate is unprecedented and will surely deepen the understanding of any serious Karate student.Introduction to Karate-Do: Its Inner Techniques and Secret Arts contains information from not just one, but multiple publications of Toyama Sensei’s captivating text. Featuring pictures from different books at different points in Toyama Kanken Sensei’s life, you will be able to compare the progression of his art through each page. This book is extremely rare even in its native Japanese language, so it makes a treasured addition to the canon of books on the Okinawan art of Karate-Do.Featuring:~The Origins of Karate~The Moral Code of Karate-do~His thoughts on Styles and factions~Detailed explanations of Karate’s Foundational Skills~How to use and make a Makiwara punching post~Kata: Naifanchi Shodan & Koryu Gojushi Ho~Kumite: Partner Training Drills~The transcript of a Round Table discussion of Okinawan Masters~Itosu Sensei’s Dying Instructions~Inner Techniques and Secret Skills including: The Double Style Breath Method , The Lion’s Method, The Tiger’s Method, Methods for a Strong Grip, Methods to Train the Eyes, The Bear Claw Technique, and the Triangle Jump~And More!!About the Translator:Tobey Stansbury has trained in Okinawa Seitou Karate-Do: Shudokan since 1988, having started at the age of seven. The life changing lessons of the martial arts immediately had a huge impact on his life, as it cured him of a severe childhood stutter. Having dedicated his life to the marital arts, Tobey Sensei relocated to Japan in 2005 to research Toyama Sensei’s Karate and train under as many of his living students as possible. After returning from Japan in 2008, he opened the Emerald City Karate dojo in Seattle, Washington where he continues to pass on the traditions of Toyama’s Karate-do to the next generation. It is through his passion and persistence that this book is now available to the public.

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Anonymous says:

A Rare Gem of Karate History I devoured this book as soon as it landed on my doorstop. It was absolutely a joy to read Kanken Toyama’s words and thoughts. Toyama was a pioneer of modern karate, but to my knowledge this book is the first time Toyama’s words have been translated to English. Tobey Stansbury does an amazing job,with footnotes, explaining cultural points or tidbits that add to the experience of gaining more understanding of Toyama and his karate. Highly recommend…. Get your copy today!

Anonymous says:

A Must Have For The Karate Library This is an amazing book. A must have for the karate library. It is great to see the writings of Toyama Kanken translated into English.

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