The author's name is synonymous with the Goju style of Karate. The volume covers the dojo etiquette, the system of belts, kata and jiu-kumite. The Goju style has a progressive series of belts from white to green to green/stripes to purple to brown to brown/stripes and finally to the first level black belt. Incremental knowledge of the katas combined with excellence of execution are important distinguishing factors between the various belts. At the higher levels, candidates must have some formal teaching together with entries into various competitions sponsored by local, national and international associations in the art. Contestants have a separate karate etiquette to be displayed before the judges and their fellow colleagues.
Master Peter Urban shows the all-important connection between excellence of execution of the kata and transferal of those skills to the formal jiu-kumite. The book contains a series of stories related by the author. These stories form an integral part of the book. Mastery of the art requires continuous practice and study on the part of candidates. The skills learned in Goju Karate can be transferred into life practices and habits. The volume is well worth the price for serious students of the Goju Karate. Read this book thoroughly and your Sensei will marvel at your progress in the art!
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 … more