Okinawan Karate: Teachers, Styles and Secret Techniques

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From their roots in China, the historical development of each karate and kobudo system—Okinawa's greatest cultural export—is presented here via the teachers who formulated them into the many fragmented styles practiced today throughout the world.

Okinawan Karate: Teachers, Styles and Secret Techniques, written by one of the foremost writers on Japanese martial arts, specifically Okinawan, presents important elements of the fighting arts as a whole, along with the "ins" and ...

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Overview

From their roots in China, the historical development of each karate and kobudo system—Okinawa's greatest cultural export—is presented here via the teachers who formulated them into the many fragmented styles practiced today throughout the world.

Okinawan Karate: Teachers, Styles and Secret Techniques, written by one of the foremost writers on Japanese martial arts, specifically Okinawan, presents important elements of the fighting arts as a whole, along with the "ins" and "outs" of health-oriented training and the "secrets" of developing intrinsic energy (ki) circulation.

This updated and revised edition reflects the rapid changes that have occurred within the Okinawan martial arts. Features in this edition include historical tables and vital striking point charts, as well as detailed historical information and an account of the contemporary karate, kobudo, and ti (or te) scene in Okinawa.

Sections include:

  • Styles based on Chinese boxing systems&#8212Jukendo, Goju-ryu, Kojo-ryu
  • The Shorin Styles—Ishimine-ryu, Shorin-ryu (Shaolin), Okinawa Kenpo
  • The Kobudo and the Ti Styles—Honshin-ryu, Ryukyu kobudo, Begeikan
  • and more!
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"...a great classic."&#8212Bugeisha

"...fascinating...informative..."—Fighting Arts International

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804832052
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 363,800
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Bishop lived in Okinawa for more than fifteen years, studying with, interviewing, and writing about many of the best-known Okinawan martial arts masters. Married to the daughter of a prominent Okinawan religious leader, he has been allowed unusual access to the inner teachings and opinions of many of the masters he has encountered. Upon his return to England, he established himself as an in-demand martial arts lecturer and teacher. He is the author of Zen Kobudo and writes extensively for martial arts magazines. He lives in Sussex, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Nidan Writes

    I received my nidan in Okinawa when I was in the Marine Corps in 1969. The training was hard but worth the effort. I would train everyday for 2 to 3 hours. I wish I would've kept it up. bob

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