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An historical document,
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This review is from: Okinawan Kempo Karate: Choki Motobu (Paperback)
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.