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Warrior Arts and Weapons of Ancient Hawai'i

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Until recently, the cultural lore of the ancient warriors of Hawaii was considered lost. This absorbing history documents the complex customs and military traditions of the ancient koa warriors, and the deadly tools they used in battles among the rival chieftains and kings. The warriors employed a wide array of deceptively simple but brutally effective weaponry, much of it unique to the islands and utilizing local materials such as shark teeth. Featured here are the main types used in combat from ancient times ...
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Overview

Until recently, the cultural lore of the ancient warriors of Hawaii was considered lost. This absorbing history documents the complex customs and military traditions of the ancient koa warriors, and the deadly tools they used in battles among the rival chieftains and kings. The warriors employed a wide array of deceptively simple but brutally effective weaponry, much of it unique to the islands and utilizing local materials such as shark teeth. Featured here are the main types used in combat from ancient times until the arrival of Captain Cook in 1778, including spears and daggers, slings, tripping weapons, stone pikoi weapons, strangling cords, and others, along with detailed explanations of how these enchanting but quite lethal weapons were employed. Many rare color photos of the actual weapons, combined with information regarding techniques, strategies, and construction, are included in this vivid and comprehensive history.
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"My congratulations to haumana Sid Campbell on the completion of Warrior Arts and Weapons of Ancient Hawai'i. As a fellow lifelong martial artist it has been an honor to know him as a friend, warrior, writer, artist, and above all as a bearer of the aloha spirit. As an Olohe Lua it is rare to see a man so sincere in his efforts to portray our culture and our warrior ancestors with the honor and valor only a true warrior can understand. He went about his research with humility and true respect for the Hawai‘ian people and the cultural realm he was entering. This is a rare and wonderful quality. I hope this work helps many future generations of Hawai'ians rediscover their roots and leads others on the warrior path to appreciate our history."
—Sir Kainoa Kekoakalani Li, Kahuna Lomi Lomi, Pa Ku‘i A Lua A Ku Waha Ilo, Mililani a me Makaha, Hawai'i

"Spirituality, awareness of the martial arts, weaponry, dances, music, tools, diet, and language are important in Hawai‘i’s cultural heritage. This book will be a stepping-stone to many readers who have not yet seen these aspects of the Hawai'ian culture. Sid Campbell has unveiled answers and visions pertaining to Hawaiian myths, legends, and untold stories, and my deepest respect goes to him and this treasured book."
—Al Dacascos, Lua practitioner, Kajukenbo Grandmaster, founder of Won Hop Kune Do Kung-fu, Oahu, Hawai’i

"'Uncle' Sid Campbell’s art and writing are truly reflective of the Hawai‘i that I remember the makua (parents and relatives) describing as I was growing up in Maui. The kahiko (ancient dances) that I love so much reflect the true spirit of the warriors of yore. I think 'Uncle' Sid has captured that spirit splendidly!"
—Lysha Kamisato, Miss Maui, 2004

"Sid Campbell is as much ‘ohana as my own family. We have shared much of the ancient ways that existed in Hawai'i long before the Europeans arrived. My ancestors were warriors and passed many stories to me, and I am honored that Sid decided to convey some of these ancient teachings in his latest book. As a fellow martial artist, I am blessed to know Sid Campbell and have always enjoyed the way he writes so passionately about history, traditions, and the people he loves."
—Kailani Koa, Kajukenbo black belt, Hula dancer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583941607
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Sid Campbell is an artist, writer, film producer, promoter, actor, graphic artist, designer, inventor, jewelry sculptor, educator, historian, lecturer, martial arts grandmaster, scriptwriter, and photographer, and as a leading authority on traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts, he has written over fifty books on various martial arts topics. In the past forty years Hanshi (Grandmaster) Sid Campbell, 10th dan (Tenth-degree black belt), has taught more than 15,000 students and has been directly or indirectly responsible for black belt rank awards being bestowed on over 850 martial artists in the art of Shorin-Ryu (Kobayashi-ryu) karate-do. Today, Grandmaster Sid Campbell supervises forty-eight schools in the United States and abroad. He was inducted into the Hawai‘i Martial Arts International Society’s Hall of Fame in 2005. He is the founding president of the World Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do & Kobudo Association (WOSKKA) and was the first American to open a Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan dojo in the United States.
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