Okinawa's Complete Karate System

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In the martial arts, facts are often a scarce commodity. Histories are often confused or inaccurate, lineages are muddled and murky, forms get changed and no one ever finds out why. These problems can present major obstacles along your path to the understanding and practice of your chosen art. Well, now some of that confusion can be cleared up with Okinawa's Complete Karate System: Isshin Ryu.It's a "must have" for today's martial artist, whether you're an Isshin Ryu practitioner, Karate stylist or just ...
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Overview

In the martial arts, facts are often a scarce commodity. Histories are often confused or inaccurate, lineages are muddled and murky, forms get changed and no one ever finds out why. These problems can present major obstacles along your path to the understanding and practice of your chosen art. Well, now some of that confusion can be cleared up with Okinawa's Complete Karate System: Isshin Ryu.It's a "must have" for today's martial artist, whether you're an Isshin Ryu practitioner, Karate stylist or just interested in the origins and development of one of the most fascinating, effective, and fastest growing styles in martial arts.While providing the context in which martial arts developed on Okinawa, Okinawa's Complete Karate System offers you a comprehensive history of Isshin Ryu as well as a thorough investigation of its founder's life and philosophy. Dealing in depth with the system's lineages, the internal and external aspects of the art, and multiple interpretations of all Isshin Ryu kata, this book is a unique, compelling and engaging experience.Okinawa's Complete Karate System: Isshin Ryu is essential reading for all martial artists and historians.Development of the Code of Ethics and Principles of Isshin Ryu Karate.Analysis of the Practice of Kata, Stances and Footwork of Isshin Ryu.Discussion of the Function of Isshin Ryu in Today's Society.
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Scribes World Reviews - Lisa Ramaglia
"If you're interested in Isshin-Ryu Karate, of any other form of Karate, give Michael Rosenbaum's Okinawa's Complete Karate System: Isshin-Ryu a look."
Scribes World Reviews
If you're interested in Isshin-Ryu Karate, of any other form of Karate, give Michael Rosenbaum's Okinawa's Complete Karate System: Isshin-Ryu a look.
— Lisa Ramaglia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886969919
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 1,030,503
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosenbaum was born on May 12, 1961 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He started his martial arts training at the age of five when his father instructed him in both Judo and Boxing. At the age of fifteen, he began studying Isshin Ryu Karate and by the time of his seventeenth birthday he had been introduced to the Burmese fighting art of Bando. At the age of eighteen Michael enlisted in the U.S. Army.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Author's Note xv
Introduction xix
Chapter 1. The Evolution of Okinawan Te and Karate-Jutsu 1
Chapter 2. The Evolution of Okinawan Kobudo 15
Chapter 3. Okinawan Karate--Its Internal and External Aspects 25
Chapter 4. Religious Influences on Okinawan Karate 31
Chapter 5. The Introduction of Asian Fighting Arts and Isshin-Ryu to the United States 35
Chapter 6. Shuri-Te and Naha-Te Influences on Isshin-Ryu 45
Chapter 7. Tatsuo Shimabuku--Isshin-Ryu's Founder and His Instructors 53
Chapter 8. Isshin-Ryu's Code of Ethics 67
Chapter 9. The Principles of Isshin-Ryu Karate 73
Chapter 10. Mizugami--The Symbol of Isshin-ryu 81
Chapter 11. Empty-Handed Kata of Isshin-Ryu 85
Chapter 12. The Practice of Kata 95
Chapter 13. Stances and Footwork of Isshin-Ryu 99
Chapter 14. Is the Past our Prologue? Have We Blindly Chosen Our Own Destiny? 103
Chapter 15. Isshin-Ryu--Its Function in Today's Society 109
Chapter 16. Evolution and Our Future 111
Afterword 115
Bibliography 117
Index 119
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