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Author : Pat McCarthy
ISBN : 0897501136
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Pat McCarthy, a shorinji-ryu stylist and triple-crown winner of the North American Karate Championships in 1974, demonstrates 11 karate kata. A detailed history of Okinawan karate and biographies of 37 of its greatest patriarchs are also included.
Giles Hopkins draws on more than forty years of experience in the martial arts to dive deeply into the classical kata, or forms, of the Goju-Ryu karate system. Unlike some karate manuals that attempt to cover every aspect of karate training, from how to tie a belt to supplementary strength training, Hopkins focuses almost entirely on the bunkai or self-defense applications of the Goju-ryu kata. Arguing against the commonly held notion that kata techniques can have multiple interpretations, Hopkins insists that a kata cannot simply mean what the user wants it to mean, but contains specific martial principles that must be followed for it to work effectively. Once we begin to understand their basic principles and themes, we see that each kata is composed of a limited number of sequences or self-defense scenarios, and each sequence is made up of receiving techniques, controlling or bridging techniques, and finishing techniques. The book is divided into chapters that focus on each of the ten classical kata of Goju-ryu, containing step-by-step descriptions of the different movements and explanations of aspects of the kata that are commonly misunderstood. Each chapter concludes with a brief anecdote from the author's time in Okinawa, the origin of Goju-ryu, connecting it with the kata under discussion. Equally useful for the Goju-ryu novice and more advanced karate-ka looking to deepend their understanding of kata and bunkai, this book is a crucial addition to any martial arts library.
The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do presents the teachings of legendary martial arts master Shoshin Nagamine, founder of the Matsubayashi school of Shorin-ryu karate-do. Used for generations as a practical and pictorial guide, it contains over 1,000 photographs to document eighteen classic karate kata (preset forms) and seven yakusoku kumite (prearranged partner exercises), as well as basic techniques. This book is a precise and easily accessible pictorial guide to performance and perfection of traditional karate. The only book in English with photos of one of the great prewar masters demonstrating the proper execution of Okinawan karate, The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do is a bridge between karate's legendary past and the practitioners of today. This ingenious and imaginative text explains the historical landmarks in the development of style, vividly outlines its leading forms and techniques, and recalls noted Okinawan karate men of the past, including the author's teachers Ankichi Arakaki, Choki Motobu, and Chotoku Kyan.
In Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts: Koryu Uchinadi readers have access, for the first time, to an extensive collection of the most important documents written by and about Okinawa's most famous karate and kobudo masters and their arts, as well as to photographs of kobujutsu katas of historical significance. This two–volume anthology includes previously untranslated texts by Chojun Miyagi (founder of Goju Ryu Karate), Kenwa Mabuni (founder of Shito Ryu Karate), Shinken Taira (founder of Ryukyu Kobudo), Choshin Chibana (founder of Kobayashi Shorin Ryu Karate), and Choki Motobu (the notorious scrapper who in his maturity went on to teach many who became great masters in their own right). Patrick McCarthy–with the able assistance of his wife, Yuriko McCarthy–provides expert translation and commentary based on his extensive research into these masters and the systems they founded, as well as into the establishment of the Okinawan karate tradition in the main islands of Japan.
Richard `Biggie' Kim, Lefty Nakayama, Clarence Lee, Richard Lee, and Herbert Lee taught me all the katas contained in this book. These katas are very rare and only a few people around the world practice them. That is the reason why I decided to document and share these kata. I felt an obligation to not allow these beautiful and effective forms to be lost to history. In a sense, this book is a tribute to Richard `Biggie' Kim, one of the most knowledgeable martial artists the world has ever known. Please be aware that this book is meant for high level traditional martial artists and for those who already are familiar with these katas.
Treasured for centuries by karate's top masters, the Bubishi is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine, and technique as they relate to the martial arts. Referred to as the "bible of karate" by famous master Chojun Miyagi, for hundreds of years the Bubishiwas a secret text passed from master to student in China and later in Okinawa. All of karate's legendary masters have studied it, applied its teachings, or copied passages from it. No other classic work has had as dramatic an impact on the shaping and development of karate as the Bubishi. Karate historian and authority Patrick McCarthy spent over ten years researching and studying the Bubishi and the arts associated with it. The first English translation of this remarkable martial arts manual includes numerous explanations and notes. McCarthy's work also includes groundbreaking research on Okinawan and Chinese history, as well as the fighting and healing traditions that developed in those countries, making it a gold mine for researchers and practitioners alike. For the final word on the true origins and spirit of classic Okinawan martial arts, one need look no further. This karate book is one of the best karate training supplements available.
Okinawan Goju-Ryu is an instructive text on the etiquette, kata, stances, and powerful techniques of the renowned goju-ryu system as practiced in Okinawa. Includes a detailed section on sanchin breathing and step-by-step photos with foot patterns.
In this highly anticipated sequel to his classic 1976 guide to goju-ryu fundamentals, the author recounts his personal history of Okinawan goju-ryu karate and provides readers with a profile of his teacher, Chojun Miyagi, and Miyagi's assistant, Seko Higa. Okinawan Goju-Ryu covers advanced kata, its evolution and its importance. Step-by-step photographs throughout the book show the advanced techniques of shorei-kan karate, including stances, strikes, blocks, kicks and two-man training styles.