978-0-8048-3205-2 / 9780804832052

Okinawan Karate: Teachers, Styles and Secret Techniques


Publisher:Tuttle Publishing



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Interestingly this book starts with a useful insight into the failings of many schools of karate to cater for a more holistic approach in the tutelage of martial arts. Mark Bishop lived the martial arts life for 15 years on the Ryukyu Islands off Japan before returning to the UK in 1990. As a result he gained an extensive and expert knowledge in a cross section of oriental self- defence, meditative and manipulation techniques from Karate to Shiatsu. This has allowed him an enviably huge insight into Okinawan karate as a good health aid as well as of course a formidable tool of self-defence. The book delivers a fascinating insight into the origins of karate as a necessary aid of self-defence in an era some five centuries ago when weapons were outlawed in an effort to stop feudalism. An important point that readers with a background in Shotokan karate may be unaware of is that of lineage. Using historical tables the book painstakingly tracks the progress from the earliest practising masters of various schools of karate that lead to the emergence of the unique Okinawan style.

Beginners embarking on karate will find inspiration within these pages and will appreciate detailed illustrations including charts of striking points. The more seasoned martial arts practitioner will perhaps find the advanced practical and theoretic advice--especially the recommendations for developing "ki" energy circulation--the most valuable. This book doesn't provide quick or easy answers but will inspire, educate and improve the pupil's health, fighting performance and perhaps most significantly give an understanding of the Okinawa heritage that they are part of. --Tony Martin

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