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Karate Dojo by Master Peter Urban

  • Aug 16, 2004
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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!

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ISBN-10: 0804817030
ISBN-13: 978-0804817035
Author: Peter Urban
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
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