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Hanshi Tony Annesi

• Advisory council, Nippon Kobudo Renmei (NKR)

• Steering Committee, International Society of Okinawan/Japanese Karate-do

• Member of 3 Martial Arts Halls of Fame

A martial artist since 1964

9th dan, Takeshin Aiki

8th dan, Takeshin Karate

6th Dan, Shotokan Karate

2nd dan, Judo


Tony Annesi's Fiction:

1969, Loss of Innocence

9 short stories

1969

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The Shangrilla Artifacts

A fantasy novel trilogy

The Promise of Paradise

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Ascent from the Lower Plains

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The Sacrifice of Shangrilla

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COMPARATIVE AIKI IN ACTION

What would it be like if you had a repertoire of aiki techniques that mutiplied your current knowledge exponentially? Why Comparative Aiki in Actiondoes each style claim to have "the right way" but no style does it the same way? What is the difference between dojo "exercise" technique and functional "street" technique? Does one lead to the other? If you are interested in expanding your aiki knowledge, you have picked the right book. Over 10 years in the writing with over 700 studio photographs by Toby Threadgill. Shihan Tony Annesi offers his overview of the methods most common among aiki styles — and the comparative value of each so you can grow exponentially!

Also see our aiki video section for the Comparative Aiki in Action video set.

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CRACKING the KATA CODE — HOW DOES A KATA MEAN?

Cracking the Kata Code The new Benchmark in understanding kata! There has never been another book like it. A detailed explanation of the study of kata in karate but applies to any system. Make your kata study infinite! Chapters include: What You See is Not What you Get; Why Methods Die Out; Change of Structure, Change of Meaning; All Kata is Training; The Value of the Kata Training Method; Kata, Waza, Bunkai and Oyo; The Map is Not the Territory; Other Analogies to Kata; The Kata of Code; Cracking the Code; Types and Modes of Bunkai. Over 150 photographs.
"One of the things that drew me to Annesi Hanshi's teachings was his ability to make “sense” of the Karate Kata that I practiced, and even more impressive to me was that he had a 'method' to do so. I have my own personal way to analyze the Karate Kata I practice, which is sometimes different than the way Annesi Hanshi may look at the same move. That to me is indicative of the strength and robustness of a method in that two people using it can come to two different yet equally workable expressions. It's been said that Kata are the soul of Karate. This book and the methods contained within are an important key to making that a reality in one's practice." -- Sensei Wesley Tasker
"With unusual clarity and good humor, Hanshi Tony Annesi teaches progressively according to principle: from fundamentals that manifest principles formally to subtle feats that embody them nearly formlessly. Cracking the Kata Code applies his skills of analysis and synthesis to traditional forms. Annesi invites us to understand kata as gestural poetry, as elaborated combinations, and above all as movement studies that can be liberated by “transmutation” into a range of functions. To learn from martial tradition without getting stuck in it, we need to crack the code and discover ‘how a kata means’!" -- Dr. C. Wes DeMarco, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Clark University
"I have read this book twice, and each time walked away with a different and deeper understanding of Kata and application. This book draws on different types of artistry to better help the reader understand how, within Martial Arts, Kata has been used and could be interpreted. Cracking the Kata Code is a “must have” for the martial arts library of any serious student of Karate Kata."
-- Darrell Collins, Soke, Shorinji Tetsu-Kempo / Nippon Kamishin Ryu, Nippon Kobudo Rengokai Kokusai

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See our karate video section for Cracking the Kata Code DVD set.

PRINCIPLES of ADVANCED BUDO - Takeshin Okuden explained.

Written details to the majority of principles referred to in our wall chart of the same name. Principles of Advanced BudoMajor Takeshin Okuden explained: details to the majority of principles referred to in our wall chart by the same name (see charts). Now you can understand that which makes your technqiues work and correct them when they donít! Major Principles include Alignment, Allowing, Attack Detail, Attitude, Avoiding Direct Conflict, Conforming, Connection, Context, Continuity, Controlling Circularity, Controlling Vision, Hidden in the Open, In/Yo, Kuzushi Detail, Minimization, Preparing, Relaxation, Sensitivity, Skeletal Locking, Transmutation, Weight Use. Also included are 5 ìuncategorized principlesî including Methods of Power, Principles of Reception, Principles of Kicking, Principles of Training, and Universal Principles.
"Even though I practice Tae Kwon Do, I have found your ideas to be as applicable to our techniques as they are to Aiki-ju-jutsu techniques. The insights that I have gained…have been invaluable to my understanding of how to apply techniques under different circumstances." --Carol Fortney, Pennsylvania
"Just a short note to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading your book The Principles of Advanced Budo. Thank you so much for writing it. I just finished my second reading and am looking forward to many more." --L. Kelch, Texas
"Principles of Advanced Budo was the best book I have ever read in the martial arts." --Stan Millan, Louisiana
Newly revised text, layout, and cover with 170 photos.

Also see our sogo budo video section for Principles of Advanced Budo video set.

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THE ROAD TO MASTERY — Benefits of Budo

Road to MasteryYou have heard time and again that the study of the martial arts can lead
to many levels of personal improvement. Now, you can find out how! In this ambitious treatment of the non-physical and sometimes non-conscious teachings offered by traditional martial arts instruction, Tony Annesi outlines the essence of self-development as it leads to the higher level of awareness and achievement known as "Mastery." The students who approach Mastery actually travel two roads, one physical and the other conceptual passing by five signposts on their climb up the mountain. Their physical skills hold hidden conceptual lessons and their mental development sometimes reveals reveals spiritual lessons. Beyond the gates of traditional budo lies the Road to Mastery. This is your guidebook.
" Whether you are new to the martial arts or a decades long practitioner, The Road to Mastery by Tony Annesi should be in your library. Based on his piercing and lifelong commitment, it maps a path that few have traveled. A must for greater understanding of, and insight into, the martial arts." -- Sensei Lynn Kelch
"I believe that self-development, both in and out of the martial arts, is one of the most important studies a person can undertake. I started my journey in Takeshin Karate at age 40 as a non-athlete and my motivations for training were as unique as any martial artist's in any dojo.  We all train for different reasons and have different strengths and weaknesses. To have all of these areas addressed with such clarity and logic was an unexpected boon to me. As a dear friend, the author and I have talked long into the night about some of these subjects. If you have not had that privilege, I suggest you read The Road to Mastery." -- Allison Negus Reynolds
"The ambitious Road to Mastery investigates meanings of budo in relation to martial skill and skill in life, asking how learners learn and martial arts teach, exploring the roles of technique and principle, and considering how to keep learning the goal so that we can achieve our goal without fail, thriving in the process and more in the progress. I highly recommend this material to anyone engaged in serious study of martial arts."
-- Dr. C. W. DeMarco, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Clark University

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See our sogo budo video section for the Road to Mastery video set.

ELEVATED ELEMENTALS — Kihon as Okuden

Elevated ElementalsWhether your martial art is a "hard-fist" art like karate or "soft-fist" like aiki, you begin with basics. And, if you are like most students, you can't wait until you learn advanced techniques. Surprise! You already have! Tony Annesi guides you through a course in recognizeing higher level skills hidden in both karate and aiki basics. Kihon (basics) is Okuden (advanced teachings) when you understand the intricacies of Elevated Elementals.

See our sogo budo video section for the ElevAted Elementals video.

I consider myself very fortunate to have been an informal student of Annesi Hanshi since the early 1990s. “Informal” means that my lessons have been more about principles and ideas rather than an orthodox curriculum. Over the years I have benefited greatly from his methods some of which are outlined in this book, the video series of the same name, and of course my lessons with him. Once you read this simple, direct study, you will never see your martial art the same way again. -- Sensei Wesley Tasker

Wow! I wish someone had shared this info with me 45 years ago. Whether you are a staunch traditionalist or MMA enthusiast, one Innovative Traditional practitioner shines bright. Hanshi Tony Annesi makes sense out of basics and kata...this work is truly a gem.
--Sensei David Henderson, 7th dan, Karate Do Kenpo Jutsu.

I have it hard copy. I regard it today as an authoritative classic.-- John Fennessy

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SUDDEN ATTACK DEFENSE —Traditional Ippon Kumite For the Real World

SAD BookIn most schools of karate, one-step sparring is taught as a gradual introduction to freestyle sparring. In reality, freestyle has very little in common with one-step sparring and less with self-defense. The Okinawan masters knew that one-step sparring was the way to apply what was learned in kata. Now you can learn what the masters knew! By varying your one-step sparring practice you learn to react to unexpected attacks. The augmentation of one-step sparring creates an ascending hierarchy to the more realistic drills of SAD (Sudden Attack Defense) and CAD (Combat Attack Defense). This book is about that ascension.
"Ippon Kumite is often understood to be of little use in training for the 'Real World'.  Hanshi Annesi breaks open the one-step drills and provides a framework that turns this traditional practice into a practical platform for teaching self-defense." --Steve DiOrio, Hachi Dan, Hanshi, Uechi Ryu Karate Do, Vice President, Uechi Ryu International "Regardless of style, the information Hanshi Annesi provides allows one to see the strengths and weaknesses in any style's one-step sparring drills and modify them until the drills simulate self-defense, something they were meant to do in the first place. As a Goju instructor for many years, I found this book enlightening and really enjoyed it. Consider this book is a welcome addition to the library of any serious martial arts practitioner."
--Kevin Suggs
"Sudden Attack Defense is a must-have book for the novice to the master-level martial artist. It explains the importance of pre-arranged sparring drills and how a development through various drills leads to having a great foundation and base for practical self-defense; in my opinion, a perfect example of, Shu Ha Ri, the three stages a person goes through to reach mastery of one’s art." --Shihan Michael Jay Jackson,  Chief Instructor/ Founder, ASKA.

Also see our karate engagements video section for the Sudden Attack Defense video set.

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TALES of the DOJO — LifeLessons from the Martial Arts SAD Book


If you were lectured on the benefits of budo, it might sound like your old Civics teacher. You just might shut your listening aparatus. But, if Sensei starts talking about his past experiences, students start gathering around. Gather around! There are subtle lessons to be learned. And the teaching is not only painless, it is actually enjoyable. From the well-known articles originally published in KICK and INISIDE KARATE, Tony Annesi offers stories from his dojo files that integrate budo with daily life and daily life with self-development.  Velo-bound 186 pages. 10 Illustrations

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The Dojo Files The DOJO FILES — Martial Arts Lessons from Life

In this sequel to Tales of the Dojo, Tony Annesi inverts the intent: instead of LifeLessons from the Martial Arts, he draws Martial Arts Lessons from life ó from unexpected true life sources, many his own experiences. The dojo files yield never before published stories that take you out of the dojo and into real life. These are not adventures nor stories about street encournters. They are about simple, daily ocurences we often take for granted. They hold unexpected truths that integrate budo with daily life...and daily life with self-development.

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Sunday with Sensei's Journal

Sunday with Sensei's Journal 1Volume 1: Welcome to the Dojo >>>

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Sunday with Sensei's Journal 2<<< Volume 2: Martial Arts Myopia

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Sunday with Sensei's Journal 3Volume 3: Invisible Service >>>

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