Book recommendation – what Sakiyama Roshi called “True Karate Dō” 

Sakiyama Sogen Roshi, of Shuri, Okinawa was a lifetime karate practitioner, a direct student of Miyagi Chojun, and Zen teacher of both Nagamine Shoshin and author Jeffrey Brooks.  He was abbot of Kozen-ji Zen temple, near Shuri Castle.

It was Sakiyama Roshi who called Jeff Brooks’ approach “true karate dō.” 

Practitioners of many styles around the world right now are finding True Karate Dō – the book and the path it describes – illuminating, useful, and inspiring.

Exploring the power of mind training in martial arts, uncovering the limitations of Zen, pushing the boundaries of bunkai analysis beyond artificial conventions, and applying the transformative power of budo to realms of experience far beyond the dojo, True Karate Dō offers a unique path forward in a turbulent, dangerous time. 

True Karate Dō demonstrates why authentic martial practice is urgently needed by so many, right now, and how each of us can follow a genuine path of practice, using all of our experience, for extraordinary, unexpected results. 


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read True Karate Dō – 

“One of the best books I’ve read in years, inviting and compelling. 

Jeff Brooks moves effortlessly from martial arts to Buddhism to consciousness studies, self-transformation, and related fields in this wide-ranging and Illuminating study that has much to offer both novice explorers and veteran practitioners. 

A splendid achievement.”

— Philip Zaleski, Editor, The Best Spiritual Writing series 

— Co-author, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams.

True Karate Dō is available on Amazon in paperback, hardcover and Kindle Edition

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