Karate Theory Manual - Paperback by postal
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Covering the white to black belt test journey
The “pen & sword” approach is termed bunbu ryodo in the Japanese martial arts. This textbook is relevant to any karate practitioner making the journey from white belt to black belt & is likely a solid supplement to any black belt library. The physical and personal developmental journey of karate is typically taught alongside lessons covering its heritage & the theory behind the art. From the authors's first days as a colored belt, the karate journey has always involved theory tests alongside the physical for rank advancement.
This 200 page textbook has use whether you are a student on the belt progression journey, or an instructor looking for their student's belt test theory exam textbook (as it is used by the Traditional Japanese Karate Network).
- clearly outlines knowledge, history, dojo culture & kata history expectations as expected for differing ranks as they progress on their karate journey.
- while this textbook is a resource for the open book throery tests for those rank testing in the Traditional Japanese Karate Network, it provides a resource expected to be memorized for those aiming to be awarded a "Sensei" title within the Network.
The primary authors of this theory manual lived and trained in Japan and it includes a number of 6th, 7th & 8th dan instructors in that range. The goal is to preserve the "Pen & Sword" approach and supplement the karate education of up and coming Western students.
Selected book Contents:
Chapter 1: Karate Origins page 10
1.2 Using your karate strategy & skills in life and work for success
1.22 “Life and Budo – a bidirectional approach” by Sensei Greg Story
1.32 Why is the Traditional Japanese Karate Network not only the style Shito-ryu?
1.33 “Styles” & why lower ranks (under 3rd Degree black belt) should focus
Chapter 2: The Philosophy & Culture of the Dojo pg 45
2.4 Further notes on Dojo etiquette and procedures
2.5 The Zen “Ox Herding Pictures” and some rank analogies
Chapter 3: Kata, the core of karate & your toolkit for street self defense pg 63
3.1 Kata history & and its relationship to other martial arts & self defense
3.2 Shito-ryu kata set – translations & notes
3.21 Himeji, Okinawa & “san nen no kata”
3.22 Case Study, Pinan Nidan Mabuni?s Pinan Nidan kata pattern
3.3 Bunkai – the application of kata
3.31 The overlap between classical martial arts & modern street violence data
3.32 Grappling techniques and their probability of leading to medical outcomes:
3.33 Break-fall techniques & the probability they protect you
3.34 Arm bars in your bunkai?
Chapter 4: Tournaments, their value & Street Reality
4.1 A comment on Tournaments: Why they are worthwhile despite rules & subjective refereeing
4.2 A quick note on tournaments: WKF, Ippon Shobu & street reality
Chapter 5: The basic physiology/medical outcome of hitting 3 primary targets pg87
Chapter 6: Flexibility & a standard yoga-based warm-up aimed at karate needs pg 102
6.2 Medical studies regarding stretching and Yoga
6.4 Our standard yoga-based flexibility routine for karate
Chapter 7: Understanding belt ranks & our style’s test traditions pg 108
7.1 Colored belt historys (Kyu ranks)
7.2 How to tie your belt (obi)
7.3 Black belt titles
Chapter 8: Some further style curriculum threads pg 115
Chapter 9: The nature of belt tests & their content pg 124
9.1 A theory exam alongside the physical (pen & sword)
9.2 Rank tests & mapping to assault statistics
9.3 Fitness vs. skill
9.4 Test vs. demonstration
9.5 Over 35 year old students
9.6 Kids & Juniors (7-16 years) – kata versus kumite
9.7 Belt test curricula aligned with street violence statistics
9.8 Little Tigers curriculum – under 7 years old
9.9 Basic karate terminology that you should know to test for green belt
9.92 Brown belt test requirement - recognition of key Japanese Kanji be able to read the kanji that will be written on your black belt!
Chapter 10: Brown belts (senpai) beginning to teach karate - 15 tips on instructing a low rank class
Preserve the Pen & Sword approach!