Binding: Paperback Dewey Decimal Number: 796.815309 EAN: 9780897500418 ISBN: 0897500415 Label: Black Belt Communications Manufacturer: Black Belt Communications Number Of Items: 1 Number Of Pages: 112 Publication Date: 1974-12-01 Publisher: Black Belt Communications Studio: Black Belt Communications
Here is a rare bookan informal history of Okinawan karate and its growth, told through vignettes about its most famous practitioners. This rare chronicle is one of the most thoroughly researched histories on Okinawan karate, with rare photographs of the earliest pioneers of naha-te, the empty-hand style of self-defense. An essential addition to any martial artist's library. Kim, a judo and karate black belt, has studied shorinji-ryu kenpo and is an expert on karate history.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Good Book. Comment: This was a fine book. It tells tales from the origins of Okinawan martial arts. It reflects an extremely positive philosophy for karate specifically and martial arts in general. It's well written and entertaining.
Unfortunately, as history, it's quite weak. The almost utter lack of dates & times and something less than a linear chronology just take away from this aspect of the work.
I do recommend it, but be aware that while it tells wonderful and fascinating stories and contains a powerful and compelling point of view, it just is not a good reference book for any sort of history of Okinawan karate. Customer Rating: Summary: Good Insight, not enough history Comment: This is a great book if you want to hear the tales of the founders of karate. If you are looking to this book however to be a fact based history book then this is not for you. Customer Rating: Summary: Stolen Works from Eizo Shimbukuro Comment: This book is truly a great insight into the philosophy and ethics of the true karate-ka. Too bad Mr. Kim did not write this book himself. Shame on you Mr. Kim for not following the path of truth and honesty. For taking Eizo Shimabukuro Senei's journal and notes you have dishonered yourself and your family. Customer Rating: Summary: A Long Standing Classic Comment: Kims book provides the reader with some very colorful tales and great historical background on Okinawan karate and its earliest fighters. The book is well written and well sourced. IT's not so deep that you get lost between the pages, although another chapter or two would have been nice. Kim provides some great insights into karate's ethics and philosophys, which many could learn from today. Although first published almost 30 years ago the information is still a reliable source for todays karate-ka. Customer Rating: Summary: A Wealth of Knowledge from a Great Historian Comment: I enjoy Sensei Kim's wiritngs. This as a matter of fact, was the first book I had ever read by him and to this day I still enjoy reading it again and again from time to time.