- Series: Tuttle Martial Arts
- Hardcover: 169 pages
- Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (June 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804820899
- ISBN-13: 978-0804820899
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters (Tuttle Martial Arts) Hardcover – June, 2000
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History buffs will also appreciate the numerous photographs and illustrations from Nagamine Sensei's personal collection.
This book crosses over all karate styles. Whether you are a student of Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu or Shotokan, there is so much here for you. And for students of Matsubayashi-Ryu, the style founded by Nagamine Sensei in 1947, this book is must reading.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 20!
If you have Nagamine's first book, translated into English as "The Essence of Okinawan Karate" and focusing mainly upon the 17 kata of Matsubayashi Ryu Shorin Ryu Karate (an Itosu-ha lineage), this second work of his provides the literary heart of the art. It does not dwell merely on the roots of Nagamine's style, but includes fascinating information on a myriad of styles, teachers, Okinawan history, and karate folklore. There is plenty of new information: this is not simply a 're-do' of old data. One chapter for instance, focuses on Okinawa's Native art, a form of wrestling called "Tegumi". Book includes endnotes, and an Appendixed article by Nagamine called "Okinawan Karate and World Peace".
Breaking Points: Using History, Maxims and Modern Science to Understand Kata
It is nice to know that historically correct information is starting to come out about the true origins of karate and of its' founders. It is also nice that a little bit of myth also surrounds those same founders. Shoshin Nagamine does well to dispell those myths.
By knowing and understanding truth from the past we grow today and prepare for the future. This reviewer is glad that Patrick McCarthy translated this work for the world to read.
Buy the book.
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Excellent history of the beginning of Karate through the lives of the masters. It covers the major masters in the development of Karate.Published on August 25, 2013 by Douglas A. Duet
Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters is exactly what the title describes, but also so much more. Sensei Nagamine is a prolific writer and historian, and he is transparent in his... Read morePublished on October 8, 2009 by Keith Tszkit Chan
Shoshin Nagamine (1907 - 1997) was the founder of Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate-Do. He wrote The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do, another valuable tome, in addition to this book. Read morePublished on October 5, 2006 by L. A. Kane
This book is a great read.
Valuable information on the early pioneers of karate, and important insights into their lives. This book is well written and exciting to read. Read more
This book written by one of Okinawas legendary Masters and translated by one of Karate's leading authors is simply a masterpiece of writing. Read morePublished on October 24, 2003 by jayslap