Kenji Tokitsu has doctorates in sociology and in Japanese civilization. Born in Japan, he began studying martial arts as a child. In 1971 he moved to France and began teaching karate. He founded the Shaolin-mon Karate-do school in Paris in 1983 and the Tokitsu-ryu Academy in 2001. The author of Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings and Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts, he lives in France.
The dedication-to-perfection philosophy of the katas--specific sequences of movement in martial arts--is ubiquitous in Japanese society. This book explains how the katas transmit a profound ancient philosophy, not just technical movements.