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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796
EAN: 9780804832052
ISBN: 0804832056
Label: Tuttle Publishing
Manufacturer: Tuttle Publishing
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 1999-10-15
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Studio: Tuttle Publishing

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Written by a well-known figure in the Martial Artsl arts community noted for his outspokenness, this book is an engaging and rich text, certain to provoke and please. Okinawan Karate, long sought after by connoisseurs of Okinawan Martial Artsl arts, is the definitive survey and examination of traditional Martial Artsl arts of the island. With detailed lineage charts of most of the major Okinawan Martial Artsl arts systems, sequential photographs displaying the distinctive techniques of his subjects, solid reportage, and frank quotes from his interview subjects, Okinawan Karate is a complete and encyclopedic source of information.


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Summary: Bias - Shorin Ryu Marketing
Comment: Although we have to admit that Mr. Bishop put a lot of research on the history of the Birthplace and Development of Karate, there is too much of his opinions imprinted on the writing style... all in favor of the several branches of Shorin Ryu and at a certain point minimizing the importance of the other Okinawan Karate Koryu... Further more on his excerpt titled Goju and Health, Mr. Bishop presents an irresponsible and highly biased personal opinion disguised as a "medical proven fact" of the alleged health effects caused by Sanchin Kata (Three Battles Form). Reality has it that Mr. Bishop is not a health licensed professional and according to my research there has never been a scientific study performed or any type of medical lead investigation that supports his misguided and fantastic allegations about the Danger of the Practices included in Goju Ryu Karate Do... He goes to the length to even propose that Goju Teachers die at an early age, this cannot be further from the truth, e.g., Yagi Meitoku Dai Sensei founder of Meibukan Goju Ryu and Successor of Miyagi Chujun O'Sensei founder of Goju Ryu Karate Do, died at age 91, and reportedly, practiced Sanchin Kata until the dawn of his days (1912-2003)... The book relays interesting information to include apparent gossips of the Okinawan Karate Koryu, and excellent tables of lineage... Certainly NOT a technical book and NOT for beginners. Otherwise recomended as a good source of record of Okinawan Karate Teacher-Student Lineage and Geneolocial Tree... Juan Javier Adames / USA - Philippines

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Summary: Unfortunately does not show Kanji / Chinese characters
Comment: Okinawan Karate, and its history tends to be contradictory, or ambiguous depending on who does the telling, and how long the "telephone game" was. Bishop's english language book adds to that history as he saw it. What's missing are Kanji / Chinese characters for the various people, locations, and styles. Kanji have multiple pronuciations (i.e. Japanese is a language full of homonyms). Since this book is in part intended to perserve Okinawan history it would be considerably more useful to have the correct words.

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Summary: Excellent Historical Reference
Comment: For those who study the Okinawan martial arts, this is an excellent historical review of the origins of these arts. While a bit "dry" in places for those who might not understand the historical significance of many of the founders, Mark Bishop does a great job in preserving the heritage of the Okinawan arts, and shares insights into the lives of its origniators. Many of these founders are overlooked in other publications, this is a "must-read" for those who want to know the true history of the Okinawan martial arts.

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Summary: Very good book
Comment: In this book, Bishop tries to show all the branches in Okinawan Karate-do. It details the well known stiles, interviews with the responsible masters and so on. It also includes valuable information on some rare styles. But if you are looking for the "secret techniques" they are not here, of course (try training with your Master for 20 years ;-) ). Very good and recommendable book!

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Summary: A major reference on Okinawan Karate
Comment: An universally acclaimed book. A real reference praised by all martial arts scholars and experts including the same karate masters it faithfully depicts! Includes a specially accurate and complete rendering of the Nahate (Goju-Ryu) line which sadly has been lately distorted by some very successfull "reference" books for individual promoting purposes.
This book should be present in every serious martial artist's bookshelf.


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