- Series: Japanese Arts
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Black Belt Communications (June 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897501136
- ISBN-13: 978-0897501132
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Classical Kata of Okinawan Karate (Japanese Arts) Paperback – June 1, 1987
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For another good history book, see Mark Bishop's "Okinawan Karate". That book doesn't try to teach you kata, yet it does give some good ideas about application which a seasoned practitioner could use (which is true of mccarthy's book, too). After sounding like a jerk, I am still happy that at least the attempt was made which, as another reviewer wrote, inspired many people to join a dojo or club.
Wolff Dojo Satori Kai
All Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo Federation (Kenshinkan)
While the kara descriptions are excellent, with good photography showing the movements and how they should be done, the kata themselves are not classical versions. They are rather versions taught by Richard Kim, which don't always agree with the originals taught in Okinawa.
Also, there are a fair number of incorrect historical references and incorrect translations of kata names (and the kanji is not included either), making most other current history books much more desireable.
This would only be a "must have" book is you are in the lineage of Richard Kim and want a kata reference, for which it would serve nicely.
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