The Difference: A Mental Approach to Martial Arts

By Sensei Jerry Figgiani

The Difference: A Mental Approach to Martial Arts, by Sensei Jerry Figgiani (with Chris R. Vaccaro), is designed to give you, or your child, the tools needed to develop confidence and the ability to handle everyday conflicts.

Just as you have to graduate to various levels and obtain different color belts in martial arts, this book will take you on a journey through sections that break down the developmental needs to deal with conflict resolution. In the first section, you will read about understanding respect, the art of walking away and thinking before acting. Then, it’s on to relaxation techniques, developing self-discipline and understanding your own self-esteem. Once you’ve advanced, you will read about creating an abundance of confidence, how to work on improving communication skills and the principles of awareness. Finally, you will learn about leading not following, creating a mind/body/spirit connection and eventually you will put it all together. Let the journey begin.


Andre Tippett, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Uechi-Ryu Karate Do, Renshi/Rokudan 6th degree: “After reading through “The Difference: A Mental Approach to Martial Arts,” it opened up the floodgate to so many similar memories for me as I began navigating through my middle school years and the summer before entering high school. Figgiani, Sensei’s book does a great job in laying those things out there. It was the real meaning for respect, learning how to walk away, thinking before acting, developing self-discipline, confidence, and the most important concept of leading and not following. Figgiani, Sensei this will be a wonderful book for those who are seeking the right traits and characteristics to live by.”

Lee Zeldin, U.S. Congressman: “There are vast mental, physical and emotional benefits to being involved in martial arts. Self-discipline, perseverance and hard work are vital components to achieve success. Overcoming challenges in development through the ranks of martial arts will make a person more confident in themselves with long lasting benefits much larger than just the martial arts experience. Jerry Figgiani seeks to instill positive virtues and other positive character traits through his work. Martial arts have inspired him to not only improve himself, but the children and adults he surrounds himself with.”

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From the Minds of the Masters

The Inside Thoughts, Tips & Techniques From Modern Karate-Do’s Best and Brightest

Authored by Jerry Figgiani
Edited by Jeff Slutsky

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Inspired by Jerry Figgiani’s articles for The Masters Magazine, this book provides in-depth interviews and insights from the modern karate masters including: Frank Grant, Joseph Carbonara, Kensei Taba, Takeshi Tamaki and Masahiko Tokashiki. Plus special remembrances of the Okinawan greats including: James Wax, Ansei Ueshiro, Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, Parker Shelton and Joe Lewis.

You’ll also get in-depth understanding of the seven Yakusoku Kumite (two person fighting techniques) and the true origins of the original mixed martial art. Yes, MMA is actually hundreds of years old! This book features many historical photographs of the Masters.

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Sensei Jerry Figgiani, president and founder of Shorin Ryu Karate-do International, is featured in Karate Masters, Volume 5

After the acclaimed success of the “Karate Masters” series, the author presents “Karate Masters” Volume 5. With a new repertoire of historical fig- ures, such as Hideo Ochi, Yoshimi Inoue, Sadaaki Sakagami, Masaru Miura, Genzo Iwata,, Katsuhiro Tsuyama, Yasuyoshi Saito, Nobuaki Kanazawa, Jerry Figgiani and legendary Okinawa mas- ters like Kensei Taba, Takeshi Tamaki, Masahiko Tokashiki and Toshihiro Oshiro, amongst others, the many threads of tradition- al karate learning, lore, and legend are woven together. In this final volume, new interviews have been gathered to present an integrated and complete view of the empty-handed art of fight- ing, philosophy, and self-defense. This volume contains intrigu- ing thoughts, fascinating personal details, hidden histories, and inspiring philosophies, as each master reveals his true love for the art and a deep understanding of every facet associated with the practice and spirit of the Japanese and Okinawan art of Karate- do as a way of life. It’s a detailed reference work, and a “must have” addition to your personal library.

Karate Master Volume 5

Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Training Manual

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Keep track of your training process and progress with this handy training manual.

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