Tales of Okinawa's Great Mastersby Shoshin Nagamine, Patrick McCarthy (Translator)
In this seminal work, Shoshin Nagamine presents the combative legacy of tile Okinawan people through his in-depth treatment of Okinawan karate-do and sumo. Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters presents the legacy, life histories, and anecdotes of Okinawa's revered busht (warriors). In this fascinating book, historical inaccuracies surrounding Okinawan martial arts have been corrected. Hence, we can read factual stories about such modern martial heroes as Makabe Choken, Toudei Sakugawa Kanga, Matsumura Sokon, Matsumora Kosaku, and others. To complement the tales and life histories of Okinawa's greatest martial masters, the book concludes with detailed instructions for the practice of zazen, sitting meditation. Already a classic in the Japanese language edition, Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters is a must for all karate and sumo enthusiasts, practioners and researchers alike.
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This book was written by the late Grandmaster Nagimine. Founder of Matsubayashi Ryu. The style I practice. This books is for all martial artist whoes karate originate from the Ryukyu Islands. It is a history of great Karate Master's of the past. Book filled with tales and pictures that should be liked by student and historian alike. As usual, McCarthy does a good job translating for us westerners. A must read for all martial artist.
This book is exellent. Many martial artists heard stories about masters but only Nagamine wrote book where he retold stories and use real facts. He compares facts and folclore. We know that people are usually change their minds and change facts. Nagamine sensei tries to fing out true. This book helps any karateka to understand value of okinawan budo phylosophy and creat image of ancient bujins such as Makabe Choken, Sakugawa Kanga, Matsumura Sokon, Matsumora Kosaku, Higaonna Kanryo, Itosu Anko, Funakoshi Gichin, Kyan Chotoku, Motobu Choki, Aragaki Ankichi and few okinawan sumo (!) masters. Last part of book is very interesting. For example, I never knew about okinawan sumo. Whole work of Nagamine is very interesting. Every serious martial artist have to receive such book.