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Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan
Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey In Japan
by Dave Lowry
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Martial Artist's Personal Sojourn in Japan, 10 Jan. 2008
I have been a fan of Dave Lowry's writing for some time & have almost all of his very insightful books. Then I decided to read this book. This is by far one of the best reads of my life.

Dave has a great ability to capture even the smallest of nuances of the Japanese experience and conveys these beautifully to the reader. The details of the bathhouse experience, and well as the small dojo where he and his sensei practiced Iaido, was a great treasure to be read.

Worth reading more than once not least due to Dave's captivating style of writing.


Kata: The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese
Kata: The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese
by Boye Lafayette De Mente
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One Step Closer to Understanding the Japanese "Way", 10 Jan. 2008
Lafayette's revealing book is a survival manual for those who might feel lost at the unfathomable task of understanding the Japanese culture. The book focuses on the obstacles encountered in everyday life and business affairs, by almost every culture in the World when dealing with the Japanese.

It explains with first-hand experience how the culture has been changed and influenced by the Kata applied to every task from the art of Chado (or tea ceremony) to the miniaturization of electronics, thus making the Japanese such a unique culture.

This book is a delight to read because of its objectivity and sociological insight. It is not a travel guide, it is a great work of cultural and sociological study.


Karate's History and Traditions
Karate's History and Traditions
by Bruce A. Haines
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, Precise, Accurate & Interesting Resource, 10 Jan. 2008
A Classic Text treasured & referred to by Martial Artists for over twenty years, Karate's History & Traditions was long recognized as the most authoritative source on martial arts history and technique.

Now, Bruce Haines, a well respected & highly acclaimed historian and martial artist, has updated this rich source to reflect changes that have taken place in the last two decades.


Karate: History and Tradition
Karate: History and Tradition
by Bruce A. Haines
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, Precise, Accurate & Interesting Resource, 10 Jan. 2008
A Classic Text treasured & referred to by Martial Artists for over twenty years, Karate's History & Traditions was long recognized as the most authoritative source on martial arts history and technique.

Now, Bruce Haines, a well respected & highly acclaimed historian and martial artist, has updated this rich source to reflect changes that have taken place in the last two decades.


Parents' Guide to Martial Arts
Parents' Guide to Martial Arts
by Debra M. Fritsch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Anyone, Parents in particular, choosing a Martial Arts Club & Style., 10 Jan. 2008
I can't believe that there aren't any reviews here yet!

This fairly large book is an essential guide on how to decide upon choosing which Martial Art you (or your child) should learn, which style is best with a view to self-defence & how to chose a club & size up the instructor & all the various pitfalls & ruse's you can avoid. (Especially when it comes to all the different often "hidden" fees that some clubs & associations charge.

It also explains the physical & mental benefits that can be derived from practicing a decent Martial Art both for juniors & senior students.

Most well run martial arts clubs who instil discipline in their students
find that juniors learn to be more respectful. The interaction with their senior peers increases their confidence as well.

All this & more is brought out in this well researched book & is worth it's weight in gold considering the amount of money you could waste should you choose the wrong club & don't find out until it's too late a couple of years down the line after probably spending hundreds of hard earned pounds.

At the time of writing, I notice that there are a lot of very cheaply priced "New & Used" copies available - it could be one of the best investments you ever made!
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The Weaponless Warriors: an Informal History of Okinawan Karate
The Weaponless Warriors: an Informal History of Okinawan Karate
by Richard Kim
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Timeless Classic, 10 Jan. 2008
In addition to the other glowing reviews here, Richard gives us an authoritative & interesting account of some the Martial Arts legends who brought karate into being.

He has really researched the histories of karate masters such as Yara, Sakugawa, Matsunura, Itosu, Kyan Chotoku, Yavu Kentsu, Itoman Bunkichi, Matsumora Kosaku, Choki Motobu, Agena, Gicgin Funakoshi, Higashionna & Miyagi Chojun. In some of these account several short stories are given of events that took place in their respective lives that made them famous. Often enlightening & funny.

There are some B/W pictures in the book & a couple of karate genealogy charts showing how the current day practice & wisdom was passed down to us originally from the Chinese kung-fu. It explains how the modern day so-called Japanese Karate is in fact truly Okinawan in origin.

It's only a small book of 112 pages but would be well placed on any serious karate-ka's bookshelf who is studying the history of the art.

A well researched account by one who is reputably the most knowledgeable master on the subject. Make sure you check out Richards other title "The Classical Man".


Karate's History and Traditions
Karate's History and Traditions
by Bruce A. Haines
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, Precise, Accurate & Interesting Resource., 8 Jan. 2008
A Classic Text treasured & referred to by Martial Artists for over twenty years, Karate's History & Traditions was long recognized as the most authoritative source on martial arts history and technique.

Now, Bruce Haines, a well respected & highly acclaimed historian and martial artist, has updated this rich source to reflect changes that have taken place in the last two decades.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Emmet, 28 Dec. 2007
To me - Emmet's "Power Through Constructive Thinking" is the foundation stone of all his powerful, inspiring & motivational books.

This one outlines in detail & comprehensively the technique for turning your thought processes into power to achieve peace, prosperity, health & happiness.

The process is easy & logical as soon as you see it. He uses Bible tracts to expand his ideas & show that this is nothing new. Mental science & the power of the mind has been around & recognised for thousands of years. Some successful people take the idea for granted & may not even realise they're using this system.

Despite the books age & the period from which it came, Emmet writes clearly & with fluidity that makes you want to carry on & finish the next chapter.

If you can just hold his ideas in place, remember them (write them down if need be) & daily put them into practice, you'll see your success's grow from day to day, followed health, happiness, prosperity & peace. All of which is nothing more than we're all clambering for - isn't it?


Fundamental Karate
Fundamental Karate
by Aidan Trimble
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Written Guide for All Levels, 28 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Fundamental Karate (Paperback)
Fundamental Karate is a well written text book, which clearly explains the key basic techniques and stances found in Shotokan Karate.

The authors themselves are world renowned for their technical abilities and this comes through in both the photographs and the written content. Whilst this may be of greatest benefit to those just commencing their karate training, I continue to refer back to the book now, after 25 years of training. Utilising the correct techniques means that your training is healthy for your body and in my view.

Fundamental Karate is the next best thing to training with the gentlemen themselves to learn this.
I strongly recommend this book.


A Girl's Gotta Do: A Complete Guide to Personal Safety for Women
A Girl's Gotta Do: A Complete Guide to Personal Safety for Women
by Kathleen Baty
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - I bought it for my wife!, 28 Dec. 2007
I'm a self-defence instructor & recently bought this book for my wife. It's advice is excellent and presented with humour & in a very accessible manor.

I disagree with other reviewers who say that this is all "stuff we've heard before". It may seem like common sense, but the problem with common sense is that it isn't too common.

In my classes I encounter highly intelligent, educated, professional women (& men!) who still jog alone at dusk wearing a walkman. I have spoken to countless women who own mace and keep it in their bedroom drawer where they will never get to it in time.

These women are not dumb, and this level of preparedness is not unique to females either. It's just that we are not used to thinking about, "what would I do if..." scenarios. This book makes you think about these things in a very non-threatening way.

If you get one thing out of this book, and that one thing eventually saves your life - how much would the book be worth then?


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