Essence of Karate

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Discover the Legacy of Gichin Funakoshis Karate Essence

Gichin Funakoshi is a legendary figure and the founder of Shotokan karate, the most popular style of Japanese karate.

Here Gichin Funakoshi explains the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings and includes memories of his own training, as well as recollections of other karate masters and the history of the martial art. 

The preface has been contributed by Hirokazu Kanazawa, President of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (and Funakoshi’s disciple).