Moley wrote:Got wind of this today, already placed my order ready for December, thought others of you might be interested.
MASAO KAWASOE, 8th DAN
Recollections of a Shotokan Karate Master The early years (1945-1975)
by DR. CLIVE LAYTON, 7th Dan
This book covers the fascinating story of the first thirty years of the making of a world-class karate master. Masao Kawasoe was born in Korea in 1945 and, after studying judo, began training in Shotokan under Master Katsunori Tsuyama, in 1960, before successfully grading for his black belt under Minoru Miyata in 1963. Awarded a full karate scholarship to the infamous Takushoku University. Upon completion of his degree, Kawasoe was then invited to attend the JKA Instructors Course for a further two years under Masters Nakayama, Kanazawa and Shoji. Destined to travel, Master Kawasoe became a JKA instructor to Taiwan and then pioneered Shotokan in Madagascar, before settling in Great Britain in 1974.
MASAO KAWASOE, 8th DAN, is a wonderful read by the foremost writer on Shotokan in the world, and describes one man’s dedicated journey along the Shotokan path. Told in the Master’s own words, and accompanied by a large number of historical photographs, the ups and downs of becoming a senior karate instructor are related with both frankness and honesty.
A book on Master Kawasoe is long overdue … and the wait has definitely been worthwhile.
AVAILABLE FROM MONA BOOKS UK
55 Bridge Street, Llangefni, Anglesey, North Wales, LL77 7PN, Great Britain
Tel: +44 (0) 1248723486
Projected publication will be in December, 2007
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Moley wrote:Mr Layton (although I enjoy all his books) is a bit too factual a biographer for my taste. I hope he can capture the personal side of this unique karateka in the latest book.
I rather enjoy a biographer/writer who can capture the persons character and can "decorate" the writing with anecdotes and descriptions.
Record the facts yes, but also tell the story.
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