Summary: 4 estrellas
Comment: Podría tener un poco más de información sobre algunos temas, no hay mucho explicado acerca de la escuela Uechi-Ryu. Igualmente el libro es bueno, vale la pena tenerlo.
Summary: Back to the roots of Okinawa Karate and Kobudo
Comment: Sensei Tetsuhiro Hokama 9.Dan Karate Hanshi is one of the most intersting Okinawa masters of the present time. 60 Years old, he is also a master of callgraphy. In March 2004 I went to Okinawa Nishihara to learn in his Dojo during an intern.Congress of Vascalar Surgery in Ginowan. After reading his wonderful book I understood much more of Karate Do and Kobudo. I practise Karate since more than 30 years. His knowledge of Bubishi and about Okinawa Karate History is convincing. He learned from famous masters such as Seiko Higa, Sinpo Matayoshi and Fukushi. For example his version of the Bo Kata Ufugusuku no Kun is very interesting. He learned this Kata from his grandfarther, who was the nabour of Mr.Ufugusuku(Nick name Oshiro). Probably it is the original Kata of Ufugusuku. The book of Tetsuhiro Hokama contains a lot of historical details of Okinawa Karate and Kobudo you never can read in other books. Its his authentic Okinawan Martial Art Knowledge. He wrote ten other books, predominantly in Japanese Language. His book about bubishi was in Japan a bestseller. P.Mc Carthy got inspirations out of this book during his stay in Okinawa when he wrote about the secrets of Bubishi by himself. Tetsuhiro got one of the rare original documents about Bubishi from his master Seiko Higa. The book History and Traditions of Okinawan Karate of Master Hokama gives a wonderful overview of the time since the beginning of Okinawa Te. For his historical investigations he got the title of a Doctor phil. of a foreign University. His book must be read of all friends and artists of Japanese Martial Arts intersted in authentic history.
Professor Helmut Kogel M.D. (General and Vascular Surgeon)
4.Dan Karate Renshi
1.Dan Nihon Jujutsu
Regional Director IMAF Kokusai Budoin
Summary: Meat and Potatoes for Hungry History Buffs
Comment: Tetsuhiro Hokama is one of the most prolific writers on the history of Okinawa martial arts. Unfortunately for most of us, the majority of his books are written in Japanese! This volume is a noteable exception, having been translated by Cezar Borkowski. It is formatted well, and includes samples of Hokama's flowing calligraphy throughout, along with translations.
This volume is divided into two sections and eight chapters. The first includes three parts dealing with the history of Okinawa no Karate: Origins of Martial Arts, Martial Arts Pioneers, and The Evolution of Modern Martial arts. All three sections deal exclusively with Okinawan fighting arts and teachers, and there are plenty of photographs throughout, many which have NOT been published in other books on Okinawa karate.
The second section deals with training, and includes 5 Training Guide sections and one kata demonstrated by Hokama. The training guide section (pages 103-151) is a sort of appendix offers the reader a sampling of different aspects of Okinawa bujutsu. It will show the reader--but is not a teaching tool per se.
Section 1 includes 3 excerpts from the Ekkinkyogi on physical practice and internal power. Part 2 covers "kappo" rescusitation techniques (8 methods, includes photos-demonstrated by Wally Jay). Part 3 covers kempo training methods (hand-hardening/"Iron Hand") and includes the complete Seisan (shorin-ryu) kata demonstrated by Hokama himself (52 photos). Part 4 covers kakie, two man body-hardening exercises, and includes 3 specific methods.
Part 5 is perhaps the most unique: it offers a comparison between traditional Okinawa dance, and the Okinawa martial art "Ti". The martial artist is shown standing side by side with an Okinawan dance master, in nearly identical postures. then an application from this postude is demonstrated.
Hokama's book will serve Okinawa karate history buffs. Likewise, an individual with no experience in martial arts who is seeking information concerning this specific area of Okinawa's history will find this book an informative aid.