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The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do Paperback – September 15, 1998
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About the Author
Shoshin Nagamine was a practitioner and master of Okinawan karate-do for more than sixty years. At the time of his death in 1997, he held a tenth dan black belt, the highest rank of any active karate instructor in the world. He was also awarded the title of hanshi, the highest title in the art of karate, by the All Okinawan Karate-do Association.
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It tops Funakoshi's book by a long shot because it is 100% Okinawan and does not vary from the most effective traditional Te. Whether you are a beginner or you are a master, this book should be your go-to guide. Nagamine Sensei was a very educated man that really knew what he was talking about.
This is my top 5 recommended reading:
1. The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do by Shoshin Nagamine
2. Karate-Do Kyohan: The Master Text by Gichin Funakoshi
3. Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Kyohan by Gogen Yamaguchi
4. Tiger Scroll of the Koga Ninja by Jay Sensei
5. The Judo Handbook: From Beginner to Black Belt by Brian Caffary
Honorable mentions include The classics: The Art of War and The Bubishi
My experience includes a Shodan in Goju-Ryu and Hachikyu in Kobayashi-Ryu.
Although I am not a member of the Matsubayashi organization, I have studied,practiced, and taught the principles and kata in this book for 33 years and hope to continue for many years to come. I believe that this book is a must-have for all practitioners of traditional Okinawan Karate-Do.