Bubishi: The Classic Manual of Combat


"The Bubishi is like reading a translation of Musashi's Go Rin No Sho (Book of Five Rings) or Sun Zi's, Art of War; the more it's read, the more one gets from it."&#8212Patrick McCarthy

Treasured for centuries by karate's top masters, the Bubishi is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine, and technique as they relate to the martial arts. Referred to as the "bible of karate" by famous master Chojun Miyagi, for hundreds of years the Bubishi was a secret text ...

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"The Bubishi is like reading a translation of Musashi's Go Rin No Sho (Book of Five Rings) or Sun Zi's, Art of War; the more it's read, the more one gets from it."&#8212Patrick McCarthy

Treasured for centuries by karate's top masters, the Bubishi is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine, and technique as they relate to the martial arts. Referred to as the "bible of karate" by famous master Chojun Miyagi, for hundreds of years the Bubishi was a secret text passed from master to student in China and later in Okinawa. All of karate's legendary masters have studied it, applied its teachings, or copied passages from it. No other classic work has had as dramatic an impact on the shaping and development of karate as the Bubishi.

Karate historian and authority Patrick McCarthy spent over ten years researching and studying the Bubishi and the arts associated with it. The first English translation of this remarkable tome includes numerous explanations and notes. McCarthy's work also includes groundbreaking research on Okinawan and Chinese history, as well as the fighting and healing traditions that developed in those countries, making it a gold mine for researchers and practitioners alike. For the final word on the true origins and spirit of classic Okinawan martial arts, one need look no further.

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"Patrick McCarthy is the foremost Western historian of karate-do."—Fighting Arts International

"Patrick McCarthy's Bubishi is a thoroughly researched translation and commentary that will intrigue even the most advanced reader...an extensive study that is comprehensible to the modern reader while losing none of the work's ancient wisdom."—Budo Dojo

"This work is a milestone of epic proportions which will help to bridge the gap between Chinese and Okinawan culture."—Traditional Karate

"Patrick McCarthy's research is both comprehensive and meticulous...a welcome edition to any martial arts library."—Karate International

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804838283
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 448,865
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick McCarthy is one of the few foreigners to actually teach karate-do in Japan. Moreover, he is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on the civil fighting traditions of Okinawa. He is also the first Caucasian to ever be awarded the coveted Kyoshi 7th Dan Teacher's License from the Kyoto's prestigious Dai Nippon Butokukai. He has been practicing karate-do since the 1960s, and also studied a variety of Chinese, Southeast Asian, and western fighting arts. He is also the author of Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts Volumes 1 and 2.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9 Preface 11 Introduction 51 Part 1 History and Philosophy The Impact of the Bubishi on Modern Karate-do 55 Possible Origins of the Bubishi in China 61 The Two Bubishi 63 Transmission of the Bubishi 66 The History of Karate-do 77 Theories on the Development of Karate before The Twentieth Century 78 Indigenous and Japanese Influences Prior to the Fourteenth Century 78 Chinese Influences on the Development of Karate-do 80 The Pechin in Okinawan Society 82 The Satsuma Invasion 83 History of Karate-do from the Meiji Era 85 Ryukyu Kempo Karate-jutsu 86 Japanization of Karate 87 The Dai Nippon Butokukai 88 The Kara of Karate-do 89 Okinawan Dynasties 90
"Itosu's Ten Articles" 94 Articles on History and Philosophy
1 Origins of White Crane Gongfu 97
2 Master Wang Reveals His Secrets 102
3 Advice on Correct Etiquette 102
4 Philosophy 103
5 Master Wang's Observations on Monk Fist Boxing 104
26 The Guardian Deity Jiu Tian Feng Huo Yuan San Tian Dou 105 Part 2 Chinese Medicine and Herbal Pharmacology Meridian Channels in Chinese Medicine 112 Examples of Herbal Medicine 114 Effects of Herbal Medicine 115 Articles on Chinese Medicine and Herbal Pharmacology
10 Prescriptions and Medicinal Poems 117
11 Twelve-Hour Theory Recuperative Herbal Prescriptions 119
12 A Physician's Treatment for Twelve-Hour Injuries 121
18 Four Incurable Diseases 124
19 Effective "Twelve-Hour Herbal" Prescriptions to Improve Blood Circulation for Shichen-Related Injuries 125
22 Twelve-Hour Green Herbal Remedies 127
23 Crystal Statue Diagram 128
25 Shaolin Herbal Medicine and Injuries Diagram 129
30 Valuable Ointment for Treating Weapon Wounds and Chronic Head Pain130
31 Ointments, Medicines, and Pills 131 Part 3 The Vital Points The Bronze Man Statue 143 The Forbidden Vital Points 145 Vital Point Analysis 148 The Thirty-Six Vital Points 149 The Secrets of Wudang Boxing 165 Articles on Vital Points
8 Discussions on Seizing and Striking Veins and Tendons Using the Hard Fist Method 171
9 Twelve-Hour Vital Points Revealed 172
17 Seven Restricted Locations 174
21 Delayed Death Touch Twelve-Hour Diagrams 176
24 Bronze Man Statue 182 Part 4 Fighting Techniques Strategy and Technique in the Bubishi 187 Gongfu Quan 187 QinNa 188 Capsule History of Fujian Gongfu Styles 189 Jumping Crane (Zonghe Quan) 189 Whooping Crane (Minghe Quan) 190 Sleeping Crane (Suhe Quan) 190 Feeding Crane (Shihe Quan) 190 Flying Crane (Feihe Quan) 190 Monk Fist (Luohan Quan) 191 Articles on Fighting Techniques
6 Four Quan of Monk Fist Boxing 193
7 Nepai Quan 196
13 The Eight Precepts of Quanfa 197
14 The Principles of Ancient Law 197
15 Maxims of Sun Zi 198
16 Grappling and Escapes 198
20 Six Ji Hands of the Shaolin Style 200
27 Zheng's Twenty-Four Iron Hand Applications and White Monkey Style 202
28 Eighteen Scholars White Crane Fist and Black Tiger Style Fifty-Four Step Quan 203
29 The Forty-Eight Self-Defense Diagrams 204
32 Shaolin Hand and Foot, Muscle and Bone Training Postures 230 Conclusion 235 Bibliography 237 List of Chinese and Japanese Terms 241 Index 247
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    A must read for karateka

    This is a must read, and essential for the martial artist library. This is the holy grail of martial arts fundamentals. If you are serious about background, history and principle, here it is.

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