- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center; First Edition edition (September 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159439136X
- ISBN-13: 978-1594391361
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With the absence of any work on hojo undo, this book is destined to become an instant success and I am pleased to be able to lend my name to its publication. Mike Clarke's empirical experience and deep knowledge of both Okinawa's fighting arts and the culture in which it evolved make him uniquely qualified to produce a book of this nature." (Foreword Magazine)
"This book explains in detail how Okinawan Karate masters attained their awesome Karate Power and how they were able to develop such fantastic powerful techniques. Everything that you wanted to know about Hojo Undo training is explained in this book. There are explanations on the different training methods of Japanese and Okinawan Karate. Learn the secrets of traditional Karate power. Learn the difference between sport Karate and traditional Karate. Traditional Karate focuses on building a complete Karate warrior. It combines mind, body, and soul. For those who are dedicated to the art of Karate, this book is a must for your library. I highly recommend this outstanding manual." (Norman Leff, Menkyo Kaiden Shihan, Over 50 years of experience)
Clarke is an honorable man of karate . . . I highly recommend this book. (Hokama Tetsuhiro, Kaicho 10th dan)
Michael Clarke has captured the secret of traditional karate power. (Kinjo Tsuneo, Kyoshi 8th dan)
I recommend this book . . . It is a valuable asset for learning how the tools are used as an extension of training. (Akamine Hiroshi, Kaicho 8th dan)
I can't think of a single person anywhere in the world better suited to introduce this subject, and I highly recommend The Art of Hojo Undo: Power Training for Traditional Karate to teachers and students alike. (Patrick McCarthy, Hanshi 8th dan)
A serious writer . . . of great value to anyone who wishes to understand traditional karate-do. (John Cheetham, Editor Shotokan Karate Magazine)
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The book contains a good amount of history of the training methods and tools and more than adequate description/illustrations of how to construct such tools and use them in a safe manner. One great part is that this book will provide a great jumping off point for the martial artist to then go out and seek more exercises using such tools and to come up with your own based on your kata, sparring drills or whatever you have in your bag of knowledge.
I have brought several chi ishi into my dojo as well as constructed a makiwara from a tire and some plywood and a store bought makiwara to hang on a wall. I use it on a regular basis as do our students and it has already proven beneficial in the short time they have begun their hojo undo training.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a little bit more out of their own martial arts training regardless of what style you study.
This book is not about breaking things. It about making tools and using tools or a partner to become a better prepared Karateka.
I have studied Karate & other Martians arts and also taught in The U.S. & Japan. I think it's a good book (I never give 5 stars, nothing is perfect). I recommend reading this book.
Author shows great insight by not only explaining exercises, but emphasizing breathing as well. So many books are pumped out and the most important aspects of harmony in mind, body, and spirit are so often left out. NOT here!
Highly recommend to anyone interested in traditional karate training and techniques. You will absolutely see an improvement in power both in kata and kumite.
Perfect blend of history and training lessons. I am training in Matsubayash Shorin Ryu since 1980 "old school" style training and am grateful for some new drills, and reviving some old ones. Thank you.