Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins (With New Material) [NOOK Book]

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Beginning with a thorough historical analysis of its 19th-century origins, the lore behind the art of Shotokan karate is dissected in this revised handbook. Describing how this style was invented by the world’s only unarmed bodyguards in Okinawa, this account depicts the impossible odds these men endured in order to protect their king and avoid a costly bloodbath. Featuring five chapters of new material and a striking array of illustrations depicting the Heian katas, this overview demonstrates how each kata ...
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Shotokan's Secret: The Hidden Truth Behind Karate's Fighting Origins (With New Material)

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Overview

Beginning with a thorough historical analysis of its 19th-century origins, the lore behind the art of Shotokan karate is dissected in this revised handbook. Describing how this style was invented by the world’s only unarmed bodyguards in Okinawa, this account depicts the impossible odds these men endured in order to protect their king and avoid a costly bloodbath. Featuring five chapters of new material and a striking array of illustrations depicting the Heian katas, this overview demonstrates how each kata contains a precise lesson outlining the necessary skills to meet a specific threat. Going beyond the bare-handed application and revealing a more innovative, holistic approach to an ancient style of self-defense, this reference is ideal for martial arts historians and practitioners alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897502627
  • Publisher: Black Belt Communications
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Expanded edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 543,709
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Bruce D. Clayton, PhD, has studied the art of karate since 1973. He holds a seventh-degree black belt in Shotokan karate and he is the creator of Jein Do, a self-defense course for young women. He is the author of the Black Medicine series, Fallout Survival, Life After Doomsday, Life After Terrorism, and Thinking About Survival. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, the CBS Evening News, Today, and the Tomorrow Show. He lives in Yosemite, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

     I am a sophomore high school student that read this book for an

     I am a sophomore high school student that read this book for an assigned research project. My teacher had 
    suggested this book to me since the topic I chose was karate. This book was very helpful for most of my 
    questions about its history, what it's known for, and other questions like that. There were only a few 
    questions that i was not able to completely answer, but it gave me a basic idea. I feel that this book is mostly 
    on its history, which is a good thing it helps me get a better understanding of it, but it feels like it doesn't fully
     answer how individuals or groups are affected by all of this. The book is very true to its name " Karate's 
    Fighting Origin" since that what it talks about through out most of the book. There are pictures of maps of 
    places like Okinawa where everything may have began. Also, the choice of words in this book makes it seem, 
    to me any way, as if they were more of suggestion, but with some research they turned out to be very 
    accurate. I recommend this book since it was an easy read and for those who have the time and appreciation
     for this art.

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