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"Patrick McCarthy is the foremost Western historian of karate-do." "Fighting Arts International""

"Patrick McCarthy's "Bubishi" is a thoroughly researched translation and commentary that will intrigue even the most advanced reader an extensive study that is comprehensible to the modern reader while losing none of the work's ancient wisdom." "Budo Dojo""

"This work is a milestone of epic proportions which will help to bridge the gap between Chinese and Okinawan culture." "Traditional Karate""

"Patrick McCarthy's research is both comprehensive and meticulous a welcome edition to any martial arts library." "Karate International""

"The stuff you find in the "Bubishi," i.e. kata techniques, self-defense, pressure points, combat tactics, herbal medicine, philosophy etc. is exactly what old-school Karate consisted of. This particular translation is by far the best one, because the editor, Patrick McCarthy, is the world's best Karate researcher." Jesse Enkamp, KARATEbyJesse"

"If you are a serious Martial Artist, no matter what your current level or background, this text is vital for you." Evan Pantazi, Sensei, founder of "Kyusho.com""

""The Bubishi" remains an indispensible tome for the serious Karate enthusiast." Joe Swift, karate historian & researcher & founder of "Tokyo Mushinkan""

"(McCarthy) will leave no stone unturned in his passionate pursuit." Hanshi Cezar Borkowski, Northern Karate, Toronto"

""The Bubishi"'s message is timeless. Its wisdom boundless." Jesse Enkamp, founder of "KARATEbyJesse.com""

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"The bubishi is like reading a translation of Musashi's Go Rin No Sho (book of Five Rings) or Sun Zi's, Art of War; the more it's read, the more one gets from it."—Patrick McCarthy

Treasured for centuries by karate's top masters, the bubishi is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine, and technique as they relate to the martial arts. Referred to as the "bible of karate" by famous master Chojun Miyagi, for hundreds of years the bubishi was a secret text passed from master to student in China and later in Okinawa. All of karate's legendary masters have studied it, applied its teachings, or copied passages from it. No other classic work has had as dramatic an impact on the shaping and development of karate as the bubishi.

Karate historian and authority Patrick McCarthy spent over ten years researching and studying the bubishi and the arts associated with it. The first English translation of this remarkable tome includes numerous explanations and notes. McCarthy's work also includes groundbreaking research on Okinawan and Chinese history, as well as the fighting and healing traditions that developed in those countries, making it a gold mine for researchers and practitioners alike. For the final word on the true origins and spirit of classic Okinawan martial arts, one need look no further. This karate book is one of the best karate training supplements available.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7260 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (20 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462903568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462903566
  • ASIN: B006T3IIH4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Very informative. A must for the serious martial art practitioner. This book was recommended to me by my Teacher who has trained in japan. Very glad I bought the book. Has given me a more understanding of the Art.
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A translated version of the Bubishi is a 'must have' for any serious martial artist.

This book needs to be studied to have any real value, as there is so much information.
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If you are an experienced martial artist - and by that I do not mean you "do kickboxing once a week", nor do I mean you " are really into MMA "....... I mean a dedicated, lifetime, commited martial artist who has an honourable code of life and behaviour, then this is a must have interpretation of the Bubishi.
I have read it twice in the 4 weeks since I received it - once fairly quickly, then again slowly and thoroughly.
For experienced martial artists, it will confirm things you know, or don't realise you know.
For less experienced practitioners, you will learn things which will stay with you for life.
For all, it is I believe an invaluable guide to martial arts and their development, particularly with reference to the movement into Japan, but more than that it purports to illustrate the basic techniques which are amongst the earliest recorded, and which form the basis of most oriental martial arts techniques today.
Get it, read it, refer to it, enjoy it and use it to stimulate your quest for knowledge of your art. Thank you Patrick McCarthy.
Jon
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I thought I would get more out of this, in this highly rated book,it wasnt up to much for the modern karateka looking for the beginnings
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This is a book that I feel has the proper construction to explain beyond the mythical stories/ tales/ fables, that we have all heard throughout our lives, over many, many years on how Martial Arts as a style of combat / Defence came to the attention of the Western World....let alone it's own world. The book " Bubishi " seems totally non - prejudice toward any other of the Martial Arts we know and love to this day. Fool if you think it is, you need to read it again so.... It is simply the " Water " that fills our cup to make Tea or Coffee or whatever we want to drink even if it is simply the Water by itself...!! and you don't have to drink it if you don't want to.....
How little we knew and how little we Westerners and some young Easterners today, appreciate as to the possible origins of where the Art of Martial Self Defence actually began. We mostly just want to look cool in the process of combat and wear our multi coloured belts in awe of one another... yes a token of certain achievement in one's style / art.... but..... No.....Not a token of superiority / dominance over one's adversary / sparring partner. An unreal and dangerous scenario if ever there was one.
We are only now beginning to open up to the in depth differences between our Western World Cultural, and their Eastern World Cultural beliefs, not withstanding that the North and South may be construed as the Yin and Yang of a heated discussion between East and West...and maybe the " Bubishi ' is the mid point between the four points of the compass....no not the centre of the Earth....possibly the centre of a type of thought...the creation of the game of Chess perhaps...!!

This is the most mind opening Book I have ever and could ever read in all my 30 years of interest in the subject.
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