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The Katas: The Meaning Behind the Movements
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Italian edition edition from Inner Traditions (September 3, 2010)
9781594773488 | details & prices | 181 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.95
About: The embodiment of the ancient knowledge that underlies the dedication-to-perfection philosophy of Japan • How mastering these specific movement sequences known as katas provides a way to deepen one’s martial arts practice spiritually • Explores the psychological and social importance of the katas in martial arts and Japanese society, including their role in seppuku (ritual suicide) • Includes many examples from the lives of famous masters, from the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi to 20th-century poet Yukio Mishima An essential part of the martial arts of Japan, such as sumo and karate, the katas are specific sequences of movement that originated during Sakoku, Japan’s period of closure to the outside world from 1633 until 1853.