Martial Arts Masters

Martial Arts Masters
  • Interest in martial arts


From ancient times to the modern era, martial arts has consistently evolved over the centuries and continues to evolve and thrive today.  At the turn of the 20th century, martial arts saw perhaps its greatest evolution as many Japanese & Okinawan martial arts masters of the time no longer looked at martial arts as a mere tool of warfare, but instead as systems that have immeasurable mental and physical health benefits.

While the popularization of MMA continues to showcase and demonstrate the formidable physical aspects of martial arts, many have lost sight of the philosophical components martial arts has to offer.

In an attempt to revive the philosophical components of traditional martial arts, included within this course are short biographies, quotes, anecdotes and precepts to facilitate internal self-reflection from 10 of the most prominent martial arts master of the 20th century including:

-Anko Itosu (Itosu-Ryu)

-Jigoro Kano (Judo)

-Gichin Funakoshi (Shotokan)

-Morihei Ueshiba

-Chibana Chosin (Shorin-Ryu)

-Chojun Miyagi (Goju-Ryu)

-Kenwa Mabuni (Shito-Ryu)

-Choki Motobu (Motobu-Ryu)

-Shimabuku (Isshin-Ryu)

-Mas Oyama (Kyokushin)

As many of these traditional styles are still practiced today and have given rise to even newer forms of martial arts since, it is important to look back at some of the most notable philosophies from the Shodai-Soke (founders) of these traditional martial arts styles so that we can understand the true meaning of these arts as not just tools for self-defense, but also as tools for self-development.

This course is based on the book Shodai-Soke: 101 Quotes, Anecdotes & Precepts From the Founders of Modern Japanese Martial Arts by Sensei Justin Hagen. 

Who this course is for:

  • martial artists
  • philosophy students


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