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Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts Volume 2 by Patrick McCarthy
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts: Koryu Uchinadi; volume one, ISBN 0-8048-2093-7, and volume two, work well separately but best when taken together. I will review volume two here separately from volume one so that one might make a better decision when it comes to purchasing.
For both the novice and advanced Karate-ka this volume will prove to be an indispensable reference. It contains a brief outline of Karate-do master Kenwa Mabuni's life, details on the influence of Southern Chinese fighting systems (particularly White Crane and Monk Fist styles and their use of Qin Na), and the process which led to the transformation of Karate into a system of Bodo. Of special note in reference to this… Read more
Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts Volume 1 by Patrick McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Karate Weapons, March 25 2002
Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts: Koryu Uchinadi; volume one and volume two, ISBN 0-8048-3147-5, work well separately but best when taken together. I will review volume one here separately from volume two so that one might make a better decision when it comes to purchasing.
This volume deals with Kobudo (or the art of Karate weapons), widely considered an advanced topic in Karate-do. As such I would not recommend it to the novice Karate-ka. But I would definitely recommend it to those who wish to get a better grasp of Karate-do-- especially an Okinawan variety, to those looking to a different perspective on Kata, and to those studying Isshin-ryu Karate-do.
For those looking for a… Read more
The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine
The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Essence, March 25 2002
The Essence of Okinawan Karate-do by Shoshin Nagamine is, in my estimation, the best book on Karate-do for the price. It lays out for the reader the philosophy and technique of Matsubayashi-ryu. If you are a beginner this is a good book to learn form. If you are already a practitioner of Karate-do then this book will serve as a good reference, particularly in terms of Kata for 19 are given here.
This book begins with a history of Karate-do and the changes made to it with its introduction into Japan. Isshin-ryu practitioners will be interested in the histories of two of O'Sensei Shimabuku's teachers: Chotoku Kyan and Choki Motobu. Of interest to the practitioners of both Shotokan-ryu… Read more