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Okinawan Kobudo: A History of Weaponry Styles and Masters [Paperback]

Christopher M. Clarke

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8 July 2013
Okinawan Kobudo: A History of Weaponry Styles and Masters" is a comprehensive and complete book on the origins of the Okinawan kobudo (weaponry). It contains a description of the early history of weaponry in the Ryukyus; the relationship of kobudo to karate; and several myths and misunderstandings about Okinawan weaponry. In addition to profiles of nearly a dozen ancient kobudo masters, this book includes detailed histories and analysis of the major lineages/styles of Kobudo, including the Yabiku-Taira, Yamane, Matayoshi, Ufuchiku, and Motobu Udundi (Gotente) schools of kobudo. In each case, the book provides a history of the masters--from the founders to today's masters--analytical assessments of the style's characteristics, descriptions of their curricula, and lineage charts. It contains chapters on each of the weapons of Ryukyu kobudo, including extensive bibliographies on where to find more information about each. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos, art work, maps, tables and charts, including a detailed table of all the major recognized kata for each weapon in Ryukyu kobudo. Its footnotes provide access to a wide array of sources in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese--including available videos on the styles and masters--for those who wish to learn more. As the companion to the author's two volume, five-star rated "Okinawan Karate: A History of Styles and Masters," this book is an absolute “must-have” for all serious martial arts students.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, well researched and informative book 8 July 2014
By Walter A. Lucas,Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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An Excellent, well researched and informative book. I have been a martial arts practitioner for most of my adult life. I have amassed a substantial library and this is a great addition. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about Okinawan weapons!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work, great photos! 10 May 2014
By DIM A THEODOROU - Published on Amazon.com
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A thorough investigation by an educated humble man!
A very serious work done through many years and hard to find sources!
5.0 out of 5 stars Okinawa kubudo history 5 May 2014
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This book is a great reference to the weapons practiced in Okinawa. Very detailed and the author went to the extreme to get detailed info and if not satisfied there are amazing footnotes that can be followed to find even more info on this ancient art. This book is great if you are training in Okinawa kubudo and are interested in knowing the master's and history of the origins of the Okinawa weapon system. All lineages of the weapon systems are named and weapons I never heard of are in the book and what they were used for since Okinawa was once banned from weapons and how these weapons evolved from farm tools and other means which are mentioned in this awesome book! I highly recommend this book to any Okinawa kubudo practitioner.
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Comprehensive History of Okinawan Kobujutusu 12 Feb 2014
By Petri Kosonen - Published on Amazon.com
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IMO Mr. Clarke's book Okinawan Kobudo: A History of Weaponary Styles and Masters is currently most comprehnesive book about this subject.

I hihgly recommed it to all practioneries of Okinawan Kobudo or Karate.Book is well reasearched with full reference so you are able to tracehis sources in different subjects.

I have practised Okinawan Kobudo for 35 years and read a quite bit of its history as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 10 Feb 2014
By ironpreacher - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great volume to have in a martial artists collection. Traces the lineage of weapons. Very helpful. Full of insights.
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