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Mas Oyama's Karate Paperback – June 1, 1983


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arco Pub (June 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0668011408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0668011402
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book, first written in 1965, is the essential reference text after Mas Oyama's 3 main books on Kyokushin Karate;"What is Karate?", "This is Karate.", and "Advanced Karate". The goshin jitsu and gyaku kumite in the book formed part of the basis for Shihan Lowe's early training with Oyama Sosai during the early 1950's in Japan. Any student of Kyokushin Karate must have a copy of this text to complete their reference library.
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This is one of the many books I have read in my more than 50 years of Karate study. The first book I had bought and read was Mas Oyama's "What is Karate" when I was in Japan back in 1961 while in the U.S. Navy. This particular paper back book (Mas Oyama's Karate as practiced in Japan by Bobby Lowe) was originally published in 1965 after Mas Oyama's classics (What is Karate, This is Karate)were published. The author, Bobby Lowe, was the karate representative in Hawaii for Mas Oyama's karate organization at that time.

This book explains the basic principles and techniques of karate including: Stances, moving, basic punches, strikes, kicks, kata and sparring. Even though the book is dated; nevertheless, it is still a good basic guide to Oyama's hard karate style. Even though the primary style I studied seriously is Shotokan karate, I have enormous respect for the late Mas Oyama and Bobby Lowe. Oyama is the first traditional karate master to hold full contact karate matches.

In conclusion, if you are a student or teacher of karate, no matter what style, this is an old classic you may want to add to your personal library.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Shotokan Karate Self-Defense Techniques: Combat karate for the street: An official manual of Bushi Satori Ryu)
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If a compact pocketbook is what you're after, this is the book to have. It has some really good information on some key techniques, but is in no way a complete illustrated guide on Kyokushin Karate. Turn to one of Mas Oyama's books for that. Being a paperback it will wear much quicker than the more rugged hard cover books (Mas Oyama's). My review is based on my copy of this book which is from 1964 so it's quite old; perhaps newer versions are more durable and possibly updated.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gary on May 12, 2006
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This is an outstanding book authored by world-renowned karate master Shihan Bobby Lowe. The photographs are excellent and the text is easy to understand. I would recommend it to anyone interested in true karate.
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