During Christmas vacation I had time to read a couple of books. The first was, Tsutomu Ohshima Carrying the Samurai Spirit Into the 21st Century by Eli Eliyahu Cohen. I loved the book. Since joining SKA I have trained in remote (non-California) dojos. The book made me feel much closer to Mr. Ohshima and our organization. It also gave me a better understanding of Mr. Ohshima’s character. It was an inspiring look into the man and his life of karate. I highly recommend it to anyone in our Shotokan family.
The second book was The Heart of Karate-Do by Shigeru Egami. I had read this book almost 30 years ago. Books I have read have folded corners, notes written in the margins and copious highlighting. They look like college text books with high mileage. It was obvious that 30 years ago I understood very little of what Mr. Egami had to say. This time I found the book jaw dropping. Mr. Egami’s unfettered desire to find out the truth about making our most basic techniques effective was inspiring and so useful. Thank goodness I was finally in a place to understand what he had to say.