A unique inspirational novel!
At thirty-eight, Rafael compared himself to Sisyphus, pushing a rock up a hill only to start again the next day as he works as an adjunct professor. Suddenly, his father dies and he reaches his breaking point. Without a real home, he begins to feel his profession is a joke and he himself is disposable. He leaves San Diego for the tropical Island of Okinawa unsure if he will ever return. He wonders if he as committed career suicide and if he could find work if he does. To make it worse, in Okinawa, when he is alone, he begins to see images of his dead friends and relatives, has dream that forces him to face his past. Will the past of Okinawa, the site of one of the bloodiest battle of World War two, and the home of “The Happy Immortals,” heal him?
What is your dream and how much is it worth to you?
Rafael’s is to learn as much as he can of martial arts so heads out by train to see if he can have a modern Musha Shugyo. On the way, he meets various martial artists who teach him. Through the trip, he realizes the sacrifice his parents made and how he is the result of a successful American Dream.
Imagine a doctor and clinical anatomist using kata to point out disabling defenses then giving you the medical data for evidence.
Forms, or Kata in Japanese, have been used around the world to train warriors since antiquity, today, neuro-science states that there is no better way to teach as they make learning fighting techniques faster.
As Pinan Shodan has a recent history (starting in 1901) and is seen in Okinawan, Mainland Japan (Heian Nidan), Korea (Pyong-ang), and many other martial arts it was used to make generalizations about other forms.
The maxims state that Pinan Shodan should be used only as a last resort...