Karate-do Nyumon literally means a passage through the gates of the Karate
way – in other words, an introduction to the world of Karate. Karate-do Nyumon
is the result of Master Funakoshi’s wish to clarify Karate thought and practice
for those who know nothing about it. It comprises unpublished writings from the
years before his death in 1957, together with simplified kata – sequences of
movements – synthesized by Funakoshi from the traditional Okinawa Karate-do kata,
The kata in this book are not traditional kata, but they serve to establish
the correct habits of stance, thought and action, and to facilitate the eventual
mastery of the true Karate-do kata. All these special kata are clearly explained
and illustrated by photos.
Lastly, Master Funakoshi recalls stories of men who were living legends when
he was a youth in Okinawa, men whose reputations overcame even the secrecy that
clung to Karate until the middle of this century.