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Goran Powell
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  • Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Center (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594392536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594392535
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Goran Powell is a freelance writer who holds a 5th Dan in Goju Ryu Karate. He works in London and teaches and trains at Daigaku Karate Kai, one of the UK's strongest clubs.

In 2006 his first book Waking Dragons was an instant bestseller on Amazon's martial arts listing and is now in its second edition. In 2008 he co-produced the highly acclaimed Four Shades of Black written by his Sensei Gavin Mulholland.

Goran's first novel 'A Sudden Dawn' was release by YMAA Fiction in 2010. It tells the story of Bodhidharma who brought Zen and the martial arts to the Shaolin Temple. His second novel 'Chojun' is historical fiction set on Okinawa and telling the story of the 'real Mr Miyagi' - the karate master Chojun Miyagi.

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Product Description Winner - 2013 Eric Hoffer Award Winner - 2013 eLit Awards Silver Winner - 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award. Historical Fiction Finalist - 2013 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine Finalist - 2013 International Book Award A typhoon brings the renowned karate master Chojun Miyagi into the life of young Kenichi Ota, who must prove himself before he can enter the master's inner circle. As once-peaceful Okinawa prepares for war, master and student venture to China in search of the deepest meaning of karate. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the tides of war turn against Japan and an American invasion fleet approaches Okinawa. Kenichi is conscripted as a runner for the Japanese general staff and finds himself in the epicenter of the Battle of Okinawa. In the aftermath, he must fight again to rebuild the shattered hopes of his people and to preserve his master's art of karate.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing writer 19 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
I am a huge fan of Goran Powell,
his books are detailed, meticulously researched and absolutely compelling.
And his work is getting better and better.
His latest book, Chojun, is a revelation. I love it.
Many congratulations on a wonderful book Goran. I hope you write many more. The world
needs great authors like you.
Geoff Thompson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb blend of historical fact and fiction. 28 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback
I've loved Goran Powell's writing since I read his non-fiction book Waking Dragons. His first novel, A Sudden Dawn, had me hooked from page one - and now he's done it again.

Chojun is beautifully written, skilfully blending the real life of Chojun Miyagi with the fictional character of his student, Kenichi Ota.

From fascinating insights into the beginnings of Goju Ryu karate to the horrors of WWII's Battle of Okinawa, Goran's meticulous research and powerful imagery transports you right into the heart of the story. Just like A Sudden Dawn, Chojun kept me up until the early hours of the morning.

If you love martial arts, historical fiction, or just a cracking good story, this book is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 27 Jan 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Chojun, both as a martial arts enthusiast and as a general reader.

I only know what I know about Chojun Miyagi through reading books, researching on the internet and by training in the kata that he left as a legacy. What the book does well is put that time into context by weaving a story of human survival around the peak and demise of his life and training.

In other words the book breathes life into that historical period and although in the main a work of fiction, I found it an informative way to further understand the life and struggles of Chojun Miyagi in his quest to popularise karate throughout the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chojun 28 Dec 2012
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I had been eagerly awaiting publication of this book, it seems such a long time ago since I first heard it was being written. Well, it was worth the wait!!! Gripping from the beginning, I really did not want to put it down. Goran Powell is such a gifted author who really captures the imagination. His vivid descriptions make it easy to visualise all the events unfolding: I could almost feel the intense testing of Sanchin, hear the pounding of the Makiwara and sense the fear during the battle of Okinawa. Compared to other books I have read on the life of Chojun Miyagi, this is by far the best and develops his character in a way that can be related to, I am so glad to have bought and read it. My only regret was that I finished it all too soon, but I am sure that I will return to it again and again, just like I did with "A Sudden Dawn" and "Waking Dragons". Strongly recommended. Well done Goran, I look forward to your next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel previledged to have read this book 6 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
Goran Powell is a gifted writer.
His research of his subject make this book a delight to read.
Not only for histrorical purposes but for depth of character and realism.
It was both moving and insightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chojun is a must-read book 1 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback
Wow!

Goran Powell's done a wonderful job of writing up the story of the real Mr Miyagi. As someone who has practised karate (albeit a different style), I found his descriptions of Karate to be spot on, and his descriptions of life in Japan in the 40s ring true, based on other materials I've read.
The pace of the book is also very good- the chapters have a good flow to them, and the breaks are at very convenient spots, ideal for reading when you're likely to be interrupted. I found the story gripping too, as I ended up reading past my allotted reading time regularly.

The book is not full of fight sequences, but has some action nonetheless, and the portion of the story which falls into the American invasion of Okinawa does a brilliant job of describing this from the Japanese side. The story is more about the spiritual growth that comes with studying a martial art, and the attitude it encourages.

I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in martial arts and philosophy, and will be looking at Goran's other writings.
Note that I'm deliberately keeping this review a little vague because I don't want to introduce spoilers, but, as it's semi-biographical book anyway, there aren't many surprises.

The book was a review copy via Goodreads First Reads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the year 28 Jan 2013
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An amazing and beautifully written book by Goran Powell. It took me back in time and made me feel like I was training with Chojun Miyagi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 6 May 2014
By David
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was such a good novel. I think it would appeal to anyone interested in traditional martial arts, WW2 in Asia or Japan/Okinawa in general. It is a very well written book that is easy to read. You will find that hours just disappear after you open this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Would have given the book 5* but for the erotic content of some chapters?
Will definitely recommend this book to other Goju ryu practitioners.
Published 5 months ago by steve b.
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing and interesting novel about the life and times of a...
The author knows his subject and the book is very well researched. The central character rises from a humble background in Okinawa to become the disciple of a legend in martial... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!
I loved this book from beginning to end, both for the story and for the fabulous insight into Goju Ryu and Miyagi himself.
I honestly could not put this book down. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great book from Goran once again. After reading waking dragons thought I would check chojun out and wasn't disappointed. From the moment I picked up I was hooked. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Karl Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars cracking read!
well written story which weaves true facts in with fiction (and does so rather well)
I would recommend it to someone who likes martial arts (particularly goju ryu karate)... Read more
Published 11 months ago by yann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
A wonderous read,the complete biography of the man and country,and great insite into okinawa culture and traditions.I have read it twice in a few months,.
Published 12 months ago by glen murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Chojun
I have not had the time to read this book yet, but I am reading A Sudden Dawn and if this book is as good as that one I shall be pleased.
Published 13 months ago by Gill Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story, skilfully interwoven with history
I have read all Goran Powell's books to date and each is better than the last. Chōjun, tells a story of Chōjun Miyagi who founded the Goju-ryu school of Karate, interwoven with the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mike Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Martial Arts novel
Having read Goran Powell's A Sudden Dawn, I looked forward to reading him again. He doesn't disappoint. What comes across is his love and knowledge of the subject matter. Read more
Published 15 months ago by i j cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully rich historical novel built around the legendary founder...
Following his last captivating book, A Sudden Dawn, Goran Powell has followed up with an equally compelling story set against historical events in Okinawa during World War II. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. S. Clinch
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