The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do

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Tuttle Publishing, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 280 pages
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A rich source on the technique and philosophy of traditional Okinawan karate, The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do presents the teachings of legendary martial arts master Shoshin Nagamine, world famous as the 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 historic 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.

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User Review  - Mazen Loujami - Goodreads

Excellent book on theory and origins of Karate-do. Must be read by all karateka. Read full review

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User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

The sequence pictures are a nice refresher for what you have gone over in class. I especially like how it shows how your feet are supposed to move from one position to the next. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

\Shoshin Nagamine was a practitioner and master of Okinawan karate-do for more than sixty years. At the time of his death in 1997, he held a tenth dan black belt, the highest rank of any active karate instructor in the world. He was also awarded the title of hanshi, the highest title in the art of karate, by the All Okinawan Karate-do Association.

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