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Hardcover Details
  • 01/2021
  • 9781662905094
  • 160 pages
  • $19.99
Andres Escobar
Author
Goroshi Beyond Technique
This is a book based on, and relates to the knowledge gained, of a man’s journey, thought Karate’s Martial Arts Way. The search for perfect technique and the secrets within the discipline are the fundamental pillars on which it is written. It’s ultimate theme is ‘AWARENESS’, it seeks to unify the spirit of Zen with the spirit of Karate (or any true traditional Martial Art). The advise given, is a blend of the practical, technical and philosophical aspect of confrontation; it deals not only with technique, but with how the self is related to the self during confrontation, and how the individual may become a unified whole... these writings turns the individual to knowledge of himself and hence to the art of life... - Goroshi
Reviews
In this amalgamation of martial arts quotes, facts, and techniques, Escobar, who uses the pen name “Goroshi,” invites readers to learn more about karate and its powerful impact on personal growth and balance. Fighting against what he calls the “prostitution” of karate, Escobar shares his own martial arts journey, his brilliant teachers along the way, and the relationship between karate and Zen, with an emphasis on the discipline, physical training, and self-sacrifice necessary to develop as an individual. With advice on how to meditate, how to navigate group training, and what to look for in a mentor, Escobar’s tips will appeal to beginners and experts alike.

This guide reads almost like a diary: Escobar releases all of his thoughts, often without clear consideration for what information readers might be seeking. Sections range from how-to (“Meditation” or “The Ideal Psychological State for Students”), memoir style (“Sensei Takayuki Mikami”), and even précis of other material (“Takuan Soho: An Interpretation and Summary”). Despite an abundance of information, the material is presented without much structure, and readers will feel disoriented at the historical timelines, photos of the author in various stages of his life, and commentaries on the modern-day martial arts–commentaries that at times offer no clear takeaway.

Regardless of the unconventional approach, Escobar has much insight and encouragement to impart in this fast-moving read. For beginners, it offers a glimpse into the world of advanced karate, and what can be achieved by sticking with the demanding (and rewarding) practice. For more advanced followers, Escobar’s musings may be a reminder of karate’s purpose or an interpretation of the teachings he’s picked up over the years. Although it can feel unfocused, and that language about the “prostitution” of karate will strike some as distasteful, Escobar has written a treatise that will appeal to martial artists of all skill levels, as well as to those interested in expanding their view of martial arts beyond fighting techniques.

Takeaway: Part how-to and part memoir, this treatise on karate emphasizes the deeper purpose of martial arts.

Great for fans of: Takuan Soho’s The Unfettered Mind, Gichin Funakoshi’s The Essence of Karate.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: B+
Editing: B-
Marketing copy: TC+

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 01/2021
  • 9781662905094
  • 160 pages
  • $19.99

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