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Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge: In Traditional Martial Arts Paperback – November 19, 2004
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"Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge is especially recommended for martial artists seeking to better understand the nuances, purpose, history, and applications of the skills they pursue." (Wisconsin Bookwatch)
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There is one flaw in this work which, though not significant, is pretty annoying: there are 43 illustrations, more than half of which are truly awful. It would have been better off without most of them. Now that I got that off my chest, the main theme of the book is that through understanding the evolution of an art form and how martial knowledge is transmitted via kata, practitioners build a greater appreciation of their art and what it truly means to practice it. The author leads us through a journey back in time, where we see consistent evidence of martial systems being influenced by those that came before and/or invaded. Rosenbaum demonstrates that katas in one form or another were used by ancient Greek, Egyptian, Asian, African, and European societies, and that poetry, dance, and song were also significant methods of preserving and transmitting battle-tested fighting strategies and tactics across the ages.
Michael Rosenbaum really knows his stuff. He began his martial arts training at the age of five.Read more ›
The introduction to “Kata and the Transmission of Knowledge” basically lays out the point Rosenbaum seeks to promote in the book; “To study the history of kata and pre-arranged routines is to also explore methods of communication, ( . . . )” (xviii). And what is communicated through these fighting patterns is a “metaphor that encompassed the duality of life and death, it reflected the transience of man and ( . . .Read more ›
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This is a good book if you are into the history and some of the progression of martial arts this goes into the why, why did they do what they do. Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Til Jai
The book was ok, it had a few interesting ideas on development of martial arts and martial culture, but not particularly well written.Published on March 3, 2008 by bio boy
I was Very Disappointed in this book - the title and blurb seemed to indicate some actual kata application (bunkai) information would be present ... Read morePublished on November 10, 2007 by SahbumnimG
The author has put together an insightful and thought provoking review of the available literature and provided some excellent commentary on the concepts involved in kata. Read morePublished on October 30, 2005 by D. Martin