Shihan Woon-A-Tai’s memoirs will captivate the reader. From his humble beginnings as an impoverished youth growing up in Guyana, he would find karate after seeing Karate-Do: Hands of Death, during the film, one scene takes place in Japanese Karate dojo. The demonstration of karate techniques intrigued Frank Woon-A-Tai and little did he know that he was about to set out on a journey that would change his life.
Sensei Frank, as he is affectionately known by his students around the World, has trained with the who’s who of karate Masters including, Nakayama, Nishiyama, Okazaki, Yaguchi and the list goes on and on. Many of these masters are mentioned throughout his memoirs.
Shu Ha Ri takes us from Guyana to his move to Jamaica, then on to Canada. We relive his split with the Japan Karate Association to follow his teacher Master Okazaki. The book also highlights the events of the heart-wrenching split with Master Okazaki and the International Shotokan Karate Federation. Immediately following the split so many of Shihan Woon-A-Tai students followed him leading to the birth of the International Karate Daigaku.
The quality of the book is outstanding with beautiful glossy pages and an embossed cover and spine.
One of the things that will stand out are the vast number of photographs that he included throughout Shu Ha Ri.
This book will make you laugh, it will give you insight into the life of a true master of the martial arts as he helps to develop himself and his students. It will inform you on karate history that may have otherwise remained in the shadows. It will inspire you to keep striving to be the best that you can be.
The book sells for $44.95 plus GST in Canada or $39.95 in the United States. Shipping is extra. For International pricing and shipping, you will need to contact the IKD.
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