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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Person to Person Publishing; First Edition Stated edition (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804814260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804814263
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Scaglione is Hanshi of Ueshiro Shorin-Ryu Karate USA. Retired New York City Police Officer/Detective and overseas 18 dojos worldwide, USA and including Hong Kong and Israel. He heads up the system founded by world renowned Okinawan Karate Master Ansei Ueshiro (1933-2002).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Leonard on September 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me by my sensei and I am pleased to share it with others. This is a book of lists, quizzes, and general tips and information presented in an extremely well-organized and interesting manner. It clearly points out key information and has helped me greatly with my studies. Most sources are either overwhelmingly detailed or oversimplified and it is difficult to sort through and figure out key concepts. This book does the work for you and is a convenient (and very portable!) challenging study guide.

This is one of the very few sources of information about Fukyugata San available, with photos and descriptions of Ueshiro Sensei performing the kata.

There are a few errors/debatable answers in the book (the kata information list is a good example), so if something doesn't seem right to you, check other places. This book is by no means a complete resource, but is invaluable when used with other sources of information.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Denny on December 9, 2005
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As a student of Mr. Scaglione, I can whole heartedly reccommend this book. He writes the same information in his book as he teaches in his classes, and this book is considered a bible throughout the school(currently 19 dojos). This book offers clear, concise information about the origins of karate and it's kata, about the courtesy involved, and about all the "details" associated with the art. Learn how to store your gi, how to tie your belt, the japanese terms commonly used in karate class, the traditions of the art, etc. This book is not meant to teach karate, but it is an invaluable source for any student of karate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Islam on July 3, 2010
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I am a blackbelt student and instructor of Okinawan Shorin-ryu karata located in New York City; I started my training in 1997. This text is a great means to introduce yourself to Shorin Ryu karate as a beginner student; it is filled with facts and history of Okinawan Karate. Although I started this review stating it's a great introductory text, I have owned this book for over 13 years now and still reference it frequently and seem to learn something new every time I do.

The next text I would recommend after reading this is Karate of Okinawa Building Warrior Spirit With Gan Soku Tanden Riki by William Cummins and Robert Scaglione. The "green" book focuses on the philosophies of the martial arts and was introduced to me by many of my Senseis upon receiving my Green belt, a number of years ago.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Pellitteri on July 10, 2001
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I like the way this book was set up. It's easy to read with little "quizes" all the way through. It's got great info on the origin of kata (names and creator), information on japanese martial arts terminology, and some interesting "general martial arts knowledge" info. For example, they say that a well executed martial arts punch can generate 600 foot/pounds of pressure and that bone has a structural strength greater than that of concrete. Are these stats true? I'm not sure, but it makes for an interesting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neal on January 26, 2013
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This book is good for a lot of quick reference points for Shorin Ryu but if you are looking for more in depth information such as history, techniques, etc then look for another book. For quick reference and short answers to a lot of general knowledge and terms then buy this book.
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By Surveyor on June 21, 2014
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Having this book and knowing some of the history behind some of the martial arts style, prevalent today, can be a positive reinforcement in being a good student of the discipline.
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By R. Glassberg on October 20, 2013
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The red book is the number one basic training book I use. It is the bible of Shorin-Ryu karate. Fantastic finally on Kindle. I use this book every day for reference.
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By Raf on August 9, 2013
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The book is a good introductory reading to Shorin-Ryu. Is missing depth and the layout is a bit confusing. While attempting to introduce Shorin-Ryu to the reader by posting and answering questions the author forget to inspire the reader and relate the worth and contribution this classic and fundamental karate style has made to the martial arts.
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