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Shorin-Ryu Okinawan Karate Question and Answer Book Paperback – June 1, 1991
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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.
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.
I really like these question and answer formatted books. This informative text explains the history of karate, the kata taught in the Shorin-Ryu system, Kumite, the weapons of karate, karate facts, Japanese terminology and an appendix section. Each area first has a list of questions related to the topic and then provides the answers. I admit to being something surprised by some of these answers. For example, I knew that for most Karate-Do systems, kata is the most important aspect of their art. However, I do question their view that kata is more important and more realistic than Kumite. I was further mystified by their criticism of contact sparring. “In karate one should never get accustomed to being hit or thrown down.”
Even though I have more than fifty years of karate training both as a student and instructor, and question some of the answers in this book; nevertheless, I think this paperback book has a lot of valuable information and that is why I gave it five stars. If you are in Shorin-Ryu this is a must read book, but anyone interested in different karate systems will also learn a lot of interesting things in this book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Shotokan Karate: Combat Karate for the Street).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most Karateka don't know the information in this book. It is great reading and learning about all aspects in the world of karate.Published 15 months ago by Michael A. Tobin
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.Published 19 months ago by Surveyor
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.Published on October 20, 2013 by R. Glassberg
My son just started a karate class where they teach Shorin-Ryu - this book really helped him learn his counting and get some history on this style of karate. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Jen
The book came to me with pages missing. I wrote a letter to the sender and tryed to e-mail them asking for a replacement book, but on answer.Published on September 17, 2012 by michael fraser
This book if fine for what it is but for better answers read Nagamines "Essence of Okinawan Karate-do" and "tales of Okinawa's Great masters" if you do, this book is of limited... Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Dr. G