From the Minds of the Masters

From the Minds of the Masters : The Inside Thoughts, Tips & Techniques from Modern Karate-Do's Best and Brightest

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Inspired by Jerry Figgiani's articles for Masters Magazine, this book provides in-depth interviews and insights from the modern karate masters including: Frank Grant, Joseph Carbonara, Kensei Taba, Takeshi Tamaki and Masahiko Tokashiki. Plus special remembrances of the okinawan greats including: James Wax, Ansei Ueshiro, Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, Parker Shelton and Joe Lewis. You'll also get in-depth understanding of the seven Yakusoku Kumite (two person fighting techniques) and the true origins of the original mixed martial art. Yes, MMA is actually hundreds of years old! This book features many historical photographs of the Masters.
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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 299.37g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1507598947
  • 9781507598948

About Jerry Figgiani

Jerry Figgiani, 8th dan, President/Founder of Shorin Ryu Karatedo International, comes from a strong lineage of Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu practitioners who have followed the footsteps of Shoshin Nagamine. He has been training in karate since 1977 and has been teaching for over 25 years. Through his extensive background and training in the martial arts, he has developed a unique way of bringing the kata to life. He is a sought-after seminar instructor who has the ability to enable students to understand not only the kata, but the function and application, thus making his seminars universal to any system. In addition, he is a published author and has won numerous awards in the martial arts industry for his accomplishments.
Shorin Ryu Karatedo International memberships are open to all students, styles, and ranks. To host a seminar at your school or to inquire about membership, contact Sensei Figgiani at
A special thanks to Jose Fraguas and Martial Arts MASTERS Magazine for their support and contribution to this project. (
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