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Okinawan Kempo: Choki Motobu [Paperback]

Choki Motobu
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25 April 2013
Choki Motobu was considered by many to be the toughest karate man in Okinawa during the 1930's and1940's his legendary fights with Japanese thugs is recorded in many places in this book he shows you his personal self defense skills.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Rising Sun Productions (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 092012917X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920129173
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An historical document 3 Oct 2009
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This is a good source document for those interested in studying the history and development of Karate. The Book has a particular focus on Kumite. There are many black and white photos taken in the 1920's (presumably taken on glass plates, where those being photographed had to pose and remain still for quite some time for the photo's to be taken). It demonstrates a type of Kumite that we in our association refer to as 'anyblock'. What may be of interest to those charting the differences between 'sport karate' and 'realistic bunkai', is the much closer distancing between training partners, also the use of the 'hikite' (withdrawing hand). The book is also very descriptive - much of it consists of the original authors writing. An interesting section on the history of Karate, suggesting that some kata are predominantly Chinese, whilst others from Okinawa or Japan. However, I did think that this was overpriced - hence three stars, although it may invaluable to someone carrying out research.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is a reprint of Choki Motobu's 1926 original "Okinawa Kenpo Karate-jutsu Kumite-hen", one of the most legendary karate masters to ever live, a true pioneer in martial arts ahead of his time. Motobu sensei was among the first karateka to stress the importance of kumite in the prewar period. The book was reprinted from the original by Master Publication of Canada.
This reproduction of the oldest manual on kumite (sparring) presents the original kumite techniques which were developed in secret by Motobu Sensei through rigorous fights and intense training. They can be definitely described as genuine classical Okinawan kumite, which have little relation to today's sport karate. Motobu Sensei appears himself in the photos, demonstrating the proper execution of the exercises presented.
However the byuer should be aware of a very important fact which is that the photos from the original manual have been severely retouched, meaning that basically they are almost painted sketches from an earlier edition of the book. It is worth noting though that it is a good attempt, considering that some of the photos did not appear in the original and were created based on the context. A vast majority of them still serves its purpose, meaning that they can be easily viewed, however there are some -important in my opinion- details which are gone.
The book has also a nice cover and an insightful forward, plus the very important herb recipies that Master Motobu left.
Personally if I had the option to I would seek the original little booklet with the original photos (even if they had bad quality) but still this book generally holds priceless historic value and it is a must have for any karateka and historian of the art. It is referenced in several martial arts books (rightfully) and we should consider ourselves very fortunate it exists (for the preservation of the original okinawan martial arts). It helps the reader understand the origin and early development of karate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic 27 Feb 2013
This book is an essential must for any karate kempo practitioner
Choki motobu one of the less known masters of authentic kempo
Yet in my opinion one of the true masters of effective practical and aunthentic kempo to have left us with a glimpse of how karate looked and was practised in the early days of karate as a true method of self defence rooted in practicality less show more blow
I recomend this to all serious practitioners of the martial arts its a true classic that is needed in your collection
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1.0 out of 5 stars HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT 8 Jun 2014
By bendigo
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I am at a loss to understand why drawings, which are far inferior to the original photographs, have been used in this book, despite the spurious excuse given on page 85:
'Please remember that photography was not highly sophisticated in 1926 and that the photo quality was not at its best'.
(Some very sophisticated action photographs exist from battles in World War 1).
I have reproductions of these photographs which are not only far superior to the artwork included in this book, but which also accurately depict the hand positions -unlike the drawings.
An example of this mis-direction can be found on page 60, where the artist has either misinterpreted or wrongly recreated the hand positions, perhaps due to inferior photocopies.
The third verso page, following the title page, shows calligraphy taken from Seiyu Oyata's 1977 translation. Unfortunately, it has been lifted and reversed!!!!
The translation is also remarkably close to that of Oyata's book.
Any serious student would be better served obtaining a copy of Oyata's translation, or seeking out the original at http://kindai.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/922034
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reprint of a Karate Classic 21 Dec 2002
By C. J. Hardman - Published on Amazon.com
This was the second of what are now 4 special edition reprints of older karate books issued by Master Publication of Canada, run by Don Warrener (Goju). Although this edition of Karate pioneer Motobu, Choki's book is useful and should a part of any historical karate collection, there are several issues which anyone wishing to purchase this edition should be aware of.
The photos have been retouched, severely. Most of what you will see are not reproductions from an original text, but apparently paint or charcoal reproductions (or extreme enhancements, if you will) of the photos from an earlier edition. I found these no more difficult to understand than photos in earier reprints, although some of the ambiance is lost. This Masters Publications "translation" bears a striking resemblence to the English translation put out nearly twenty years before by Okinawa Karate teacher Oyata, Seiyu in 1977("Okinawa Kempo: Karate-Jutsu on Kumite"). Comparing the two texts sentence by sentence, I could not help feeling that the Masters Publications "translation" was simply lifted from Oyata's earlier work, although neither Oyata nor any other translator is credited with this book's work, unlike other volumes in this series. I also found it odd that Masters Publications was not able to translate into common pharmacological terms the exact same herbs Oyata left untranslated. Certainly a professional with today's resources would have had better luck?
Although This newer edition is beautiful (cloth covered boards, cloth covered box, dust jacket, etc.), I must admit that I treasure more the unretouched little booklet translated by Oyata in 1977. For an English translation of Motobu, Choki's OTHER book, contact Patrick McCarthy of the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only small information for the present time 31 Oct 2007
By Dr. Helmut Kogel - Published on Amazon.com
The work of Choki Motobu is very intersting, but the comments of the editor are not sufficient. The predominent part of the book shows only one charcoat figure on one page and a few words on the other page. There are no words about the basis of Motobus interpretation of Okinawan Karate. In the figures he shows a lot of sequences out of the kata naihanchi ( shodan, nidan, sandan) and some sequence of the Bubushi. He shows atacks to kKyusho points very exactly. But there is no explanation of the new editor, no comment. People who dont know the backround of the special content of Motobus techniques cannot understand the book.
H,Kogel M.D., Professor of surgery, 5th Dan Karate ,Kobudo Renshi, Reg.Dir.IMAF Kokusai Budoin
2.0 out of 5 stars Karate Teacher 9 Mar 2013
By Randall Sevier - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the book .Theres not much info in the book. I think I would get another book instead of this one. Funakoshi said do the katas Motobu said fight I would go with Funakoshi. Im sure Motobu was great martial artist. but thers not many of us who can train in the mma . If you dont know much about karate history this would be a fairly good book to have. I was expecting much more from the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Okinawan Kempo 3 Feb 2013
By lori mcpeek - Published on Amazon.com
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The book arrived at the anticipated time and was in the condition stated. I was very happy with this purchase. My husband loved his Christmas present.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 29 Jan 2013
By peterdee - Published on Amazon.com
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A good intro to master Motobu and his system of Tomari Te. Extremely good biographical information for the avid student.
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