The Karate Dojo is an important primer
on the protocols of Goju Karate whose
founder is Shogun Miyagi. The idea behind
the discipline is to live a virtuous
life by developing a sound body perfected
through rigorous training.
Urban explains that the kata are distilled
and concentrated wisdom derived from the
Karate masters and translated into rhythmical
movements, breathing and peak awareness.
The various techniques are perfected through
constant practice. Practitioners can attain
good health which results from rigorous
exercise and breathing techniques. The kata
are a series of fight movements which precede
the formal fighting between participants
in the dojo. The art of fighting is seen as
one of the last vestiges of the Zen warriors.
The Karate Dojo is required reading for anyone who
practices Goju Karate. There is an original 1967
version of this book and an updated 1991 version by
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