Karate-Do: My Way of Life Short Essay - Answer Key

Gichin Funakoshi
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1. What was the premise and history of Karate-do: My Way of Life?

This non-fiction book, Karate-do: My Way of Life, took place over the life of the author, Gichin Funakoshi, from 1868 to 1957 and was an autobiographical sketch of his life.

2. How was Gichin described in the first section of the book?

Gichin Funakoshi was a karate master and scholar of the Chinese classics. He was born in Shuri, Okinawa and died in Tokyo, Japan. Gichin devoted his whole life to the practice, development, and promotion of Karate-do.

3. What was one reason that Gichin skipped medical school?

A Meiji rule required cutting the traditional topknot hairstyle to begin a medical career. Gichin's family opposed this topknot ban, and Gichin went along with family pressure.

4. How was Gichin described as a child?

Gichin was a sickly child raised by grandparents who "coddled and pampered" him.

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