Book MASAO KAWASOE, 8th DAN Recollections of a Shotokan Karate Master - The early years (1945 - 1975), by Dr. Clive Layton, 15 x 23 cm, 157 pages, english.
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Book MASAO KAWASOE, 8th DAN Recollections of a Shotokan Karate Master - The early years (1945 - 1975), by Dr. Clive Layton, 15 x 23 cm, 157 pages, english. With Forewords by Hidetaka Nishiyama, Katsunori Tsuyama & Vitaly Smirnov. The book covers the fascinating story of the first thirty years of the making of a world-class karate master. Masao Kawasoe was born in 1945 in Korea. After studying judo, in 1960, he began training in Shotokan under Master Katsunori Tsuyama and graded successfully 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 invited to attend the JKA Instructors Course for a further two years under Masters Nakayama, Kanazawa and Shoji. 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.
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