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Essential Shorinjiryu Karatedo Paperback – June 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Pub; 1st edition (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080481953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804819534
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "shugyosha69" on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
The other reveiwers have obviously been offended by the religous references in this book. I however disagree. Just as in the concept of bunkai (the practical application of kata) history can have a metaphorical component. The philosophy section is still some of the best I have read and the kata section is excellent with great photos and description. This book is well worth the purchase for non practictioners of the shorinjiryu style as the depictions of its kata really show karate's chinese influences. I love this book and at one time was desperately searching for scientific karate-do, unaware of the treasure that I already owned. A must have not only for practitioners of Kori Hisataka's legacy but for anyone wishing to enhance there knowledge of karate and this rare tradtional style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Paroz on December 6, 2001
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I was the co-author of the book, or at least for most of it. I did not co-author the ancient historical piece with religious references.
This book had the heart and soul of both Hisataka sensei and myself put into it, and it was written over 2 years during my time in Japan. Hisataka-sensei is a brilliant karateka, and the technical information in this book reflects his extraordinary knowledge.
I second the comments of the other reviewer - get the book and read the technical information. Take the preface and the historical perspective and apply your own thoughts. The history of karate is extensively researched, and quite comprehensive.
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Some good information, however their history of Karate is set in an alter universe. Seriously you would have me believe that Moses, Yes I said it Biblical Moses Went to Japan three times and married on one for the trips and ultimately died and is buried in Japan... Deuteronomy 34:5-6 and Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord has said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Ok i get it Know one knows where his grave is. Last time checked a map Moab is near the Dead Sea also near Jericho, and neither one of those places are in Japan last time I checked. I should know I live in Japan.....
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By . on December 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Yes, the "historical" info in this text is quite far-fetched, BUT the theoretical, philosophical and technical sections (basically MOST of the book, aside from a small section) are some of the absolute best I've ever seen in any book on Karate-Do. I am a Shodan in Shotokan and have found this book to have been VERY useful and applicable to my own practice in every way. HIGHLY reccomended ("historical" info aside).
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