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Described by the authoritative magazine Bugeisha as a ''great classic'' of its time and by Fighting Arts International as both ''fascinating'' and ''inform
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Described by the authoritative magazine Bugeisha as a ''great classic'' of its time and by Fighting Arts International as both ''fascinating'' and ''informative,'' 'Okinawan Karate' is here updated and revised to reflect the rapid change that has occurred within the Okinawan martial arts. New features in this revitalized edition include historical tables and vital striking point charts, as well as detailed historical information and an account of the contemporary karate, kobudo, and ti (or te) scene on Okinawa. Bishop presents important elements of the fighting arts as a whole, along with ''ins'' and ''outs'' of health-oriented training and the ''secrets'' of developing intrinsic energy (ki) circulation. From their roots in China, the historical development of each karate and kobudo system - Okinawa' s greatest cultural export - is here traced, via the teachers who formulated them into the many fragmented styles practiced today throughout the world.
Mark BishopMark Bishop is widely recognized as one of the foremost writers on Okinawan martial arts. During his fifteen years as a resident of the Ryukyu Islands he trained extensively in many fighting art forms, including ti. Currently living in his native England, he teaches Okinawan ti and shiatsu healing. Preface to first edition • Preface to second edition PART 1. STYLES BASED ON CHINESE BOXING SYSTEMS Jukendo • Ryuei-ryu • Goju-ryu • Uechi-ryu • Pangai-noon-ryu • Kojo-ryu PART 2. THE SHORIN STYLES Matsumura Orthodox Shorin-ryu • Ishimine-ryu • Tomari-te • Shoririji-ryu • Matsubayashi-ryu • Chubu Shorin-ryu • Isshin-ryu • Shorin-ryu (Shaolin) • Ryukyu Shorin-ryu -Shorin-ryu (Kobayashi) • Kushin-ryu • Kenwa Mabuni Shito-ryu • Shinpan Shirorna Shito-ryu • Tozan-ryu • Okinawa Kenpo PART 3. THE KOBUDO AND THE TI STYLES Honshin-ryu • Yamani-ryu • Uhuchiku kobudo • Ryukyu kobudo • Matayoshi kobudo • Motobu-ryu • Bugeikan APPENDICES Maps of the Ryukyu Islands and of Okinawa and surrounding islands • Glossary of Japanese, Okinawan and Chinese words used in the text • List of karate katas • List of kobudo weapons • Map chart of related,historical development of the styles • Table of introduction of Chinese boxing from China to Okinawa • Vital points chart • Useful information and postal addresses