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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: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Should of read the reviews first. Wasted my money on this kindle edition. Pictures OK, leaves you to draw your own conclusions on what they depict. But no words, no explanations, no philosophy, no background info, no editorial. Nothing. Would like my money back.
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I cannot actually review the book because amazon have not downloaded it onto my kindle. I selected and paid for this book but I have received a japanese documents with very few pages.

I am pursuing amazon in this regard.
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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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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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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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