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Buddha Crane Karate Paperback – December 27, 2013
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I believe this book was written right around 1991, as Mr. Case approached his fifteenth year of martial practice, and, coincidentally, the very first year of my own training.
My first art was Shotokan Karate, and I was super excited to start. I was ready, I was willing, I was dedicated...
And very quickly, I was extremely confused.
Even now, 20+ years later, I still benefit from the basics and the discipline I learned in that art. But a lot of it, a WHOLE lot of it, was apparently nonsensical.
The introduction to this text covers some the history of how and why that feeling comes about in many students (because it's fundamentally true: many schools are currently teaching a mix-up of unrelated teachings without any solid linking information).
The body of the text FIXES that feeling.
Simply put, this classically rooted style begins to take apart and recombine, scientifically, the core ideas of Karate in such a way that they are:
-immediately applicable (no more asking "why would I ever do that?")
-mnemonically efficient (easy to memorize by design, bite size pieces)
-incrementally progressive (built up from logical kinesthetic components, rather than simply gathering together a laundry-list of techniques that 'work' if you have the athleticism and practice to pull them off)
I am fully comfortable giving this book my highest possible endorsement (a clean five stars) as I feel it is a complete and flawless piece of work.
That being said, as the text has been around quite a while, it should be mentioned that Mr. Case has continued to refine his scientific study of the Arts Martial and has released even more efficient and information-dense research (the Matrix Karate series, for example, although I have heard he is working on something newer still).
For someone new to martial training, you might consider those texts, or even try to contact the Author personally; in my experience, he has been both very responsive and enthusiastic about helping others understand his perspective of the Arts.
Disclosure: I received 'Buddha Crane Karate' for free as part of the (not-free) "Create Your Own Art" course offered by Mr. Case. As far as I know, the copy I received should be almost exactly the same as this text, excusing any formatting differences.