Just a little something I’ve been meaning to share here for a while.
I bought this book online called Practical Karate: Fundamentals which is the first book in a series of six by Masatoshi Nakayama and Donn F. Draeger. Rory Miller was the one who recommended it to me during his workshop back in October.
I really thought the book was going to contain some good information with regards to “practical” karate, considering that Rory himself gave it a thumbs up. Sad to say, I was disappointed. While the information in this first book is presented in a clear way and comes with great practical advice, there is a sense to me that what the authors are calling “practical karate” is simply the “punch-kick” kind of karate that I was hoping the book would dispel with. Also, the self-defense fight situations presented in the book don’t really seem all that realistic (with regards to the close-quarter Predator-type of violence that Rory explained to us). Of course, considering that this book is more like karate for the layperson, was I expecting too much? Perhaps. I’ll definitely have to check out the others.
Anyway, while that may be the case, like I said, the book does contain some great practical advice to ponder. I just wanted to do a quick post here of something Nakayama says on the back cover of the book. I’ll get to some of the other good stuff in my next post.
From the back cover:
M. Nakayama: Many readers will insist that there are mysteries in the art of self-defense. After considerable practice and research I find that, if any, the secrets can be summed up in the proverbs: “A wise man avoids danger” and “To run away is the best way to win”…
Yes. There’s always something humorous about the “secrets” being so obvious.