Warrior Origins: The Historical and Legendary Links Between the Bodhidharma's, Shaolin Kung-Fu, Karate and Ninjutsu

Warrior Origins: The Historical and Legendary Links Between the Bodhidharma's, Shaolin Kung-Fu, Karate and Ninjutsu

by Hutan Ashrafian

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Overview

Warrior Origins: The Historical and Legendary Links Between the Bodhidharma's, Shaolin Kung-Fu, Karate and Ninjutsu by Hutan Ashrafian

Essential reading for martial arts practitioners and students of Buddhism

This book considers the universal question posed by both martial artists and practitioners of eastern religions regarding the origins of each style or school. It delineates the ancestries of the most famous and popular martial arts worldwide and identifies the legends and the known historical facts regarding the roots of the mainstream arts of Shaolin Kung-Fu, Karate, and Ninjutsu. By doing so it addresses the history of the famous Bodhidharma as the legendary father of Shaolin Kung-Fu and Zen Buddhism. It offers critical analysis of significant historical dates in the three disciplines and links these to modern martial arts practice and culture. The book also reveals facts on the lives of some of the most prominent and famed individuals of these arts from the modern era including Bruce Lee (Kung Fu) and Fujita Seiko (Ninjutsu).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750956185
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Hutan Ashrafian is a doctor, scientist, historian, and martial artist. He has three decades of experience in Karate and holds a 5th Dan Black Belt in the style of Goju-Ryu Karate and Dan grades and instructorships in several other systems. A winner of two karate world championship titles, he is also a practicing surgeon. 

Table of Contents

About the Author 6

Acknowledgements 8

Preface 11

1 Enter the Dharma 15

2 Shaolin and Kung-Fu 20

3 Unravelling the Silk Road 40

4 Prince of Persia 62

5 Power House (Zurkhane) and PPayattu 70

6 Karate 80

7 Ninja 139

8 Karate-Ninja Connections 172

9 Conclusion: Shaolin, Shorin, Shinobi 195

Appendix 1 The Death of Bruce Lee: A Medical Perspective 202

Appendix 2 Taekwondo 209

Notes 212

Index 221

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