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Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters (Tuttle Martial Arts) Hardcover – 1 Aug 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804820899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804820899
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,013,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shoshin Nagamine here presents the legacy, life histories and anecdotes of Okinawan's "bushi" warriors. To complement the tales of Okinawan's karate and sumo masters, the text concludes with detailed instructions for the practice of "zazen", sitting meditation.

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By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book, which has been available in Japanese for some years, has now been translated by Patrick McCarthy and has proved to be a classic already.
The stories of legendary 'bushi' such as Karate Sakugawa, Sokon Matsumura, Chotoku Kyan and Chokki Motobu are simply amazing and are almost unbelievable. When you combine these stories, however, with Grandmaster Nagamine's notes on how to perform proper zazen (seated meditation) you realise that O'Sensei Nagamine surely embraced the true art of 'karate-do' that we all strive to achieve.
If you were intrigued by the stories contained in 'The Essence of Okinawan Karate', you simply MUST buy this book.
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Format: Hardcover
There are only a small handful of karate history books like this around for example by the likes of Mark Bishop, John Sells, Patrick McCarthy and Bruce D. Clayton et al.

For me this has to be the best one. More so because Sensei Nagamine diligently went and interviewed as many of the great masters or their closest relatives & associates that he could (time was short!!).

Despite many valuable, ancient & historic documents being lost in Okinawa during raids in WWII, I am certain that this account of the founders of karate must be the closest & one of the most accurate yet.

Becoming a hard book to find now, but well worth the search & every penny. Why it is still not in re-print truly baffles me? A paperback version of this would be a best seller!! Are you listening Tuttle?

Like all the famous Bushi (Warriors) and buji before him, Sensei Nagamine has spent a lifetime perfecting his skills, honing his techniques & developing his true spirit to bring us the best out of karate and its true meaning.

Read this and go find your roots, maybe then you'll understand more about the art you've devoted yourself too. Also then perhaps then you'll realise that there's more to karate than just fighting, sparring & kicking, punching & grunting!!
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Format: Hardcover
This book was written by the late Grandmaster Nagimine. Founder of Matsubayashi Ryu. The style I practice. This books is for all martial artist whoes karate originate from the Ryukyu Islands. It is a history of great Karate Master's of the past. Book filled with tales and pictures that should be liked by student and historian alike. As usual, McCarthy does a good job translating for us westerners. A must read for all martial artist.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92ce224c) out of 5 stars The lives of ten of Okinawa's greatest karate masters. 31 May 1998
By Charles C. Goodin (goodin@lava.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Grand Master Shoshin Nagamine's Tales of Okinawa's Great Masters was published in Japanese a few years ago. The English translation, by Patrick McCarthy, recounts the lives and histories of ten of Okinawa's greatest masters. Nagamine Sensei spent a lifetime researching these masters and either training with them or interviewing their families and students. Tode Sakugawa, Sokon Matsumura, Kosaku Matsumora, Anko Itosu, Gichin Funakoshi, Chotoku Kyan, Choki Motobu, Kanryo Higaonna and Ankichi Arakaki, are just a few of the luminaries profiled in the book.
History buffs will also appreciate the numerous photographs and illustrations from Nagamine Sensei's personal collection.
This book crosses over all karate styles. Whether you are a student of Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu or Shotokan, there is so much here for you. And for students of Matsubayashi-Ryu, the style founded by Nagamine Sensei in 1947, this book is must reading.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 20!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93360cf0) out of 5 stars A Personal Glimpse Inside Okinawan Karate's Complexities 28 Oct. 2001
By C. J. Hardman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am among those who are very pleased to see so many works by Okinawan martial artists become available in the English language. In "Tales of Okinawa's Great Karate Masters", translated by Patrick McCarthy, Shoshin Nagamine offers an honest look at the roots of the art he practiced and taught for over 50 years. This is not a 'how-to' karate book, there are no technical pictures although there are some decent historical pictures of people and documents, and some illustrative ones of the author, Nagamine.
If you have Nagamine's first book, translated into English as "The Essence of Okinawan Karate" and focusing mainly upon the 17 kata of Matsubayashi Ryu Shorin Ryu Karate (an Itosu-ha lineage), this second work of his provides the literary heart of the art. It does not dwell merely on the roots of Nagamine's style, but includes fascinating information on a myriad of styles, teachers, Okinawan history, and karate folklore. There is plenty of new information: this is not simply a 're-do' of old data. One chapter for instance, focuses on Okinawa's Native art, a form of wrestling called "Tegumi". Book includes endnotes, and an Appendixed article by Nagamine called "Okinawan Karate and World Peace".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x930b6a08) out of 5 stars History of Okinawan Te Master's 17 Jun. 2000
By M. A. Ramos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was written by the late Grandmaster Nagimine. Founder of Matsubayashi Ryu. The style I practice. This books is for all martial artist whoes karate originate from the Ryukyu Islands. It is a history of great Karate Master's of the past. Book filled with tales and pictures that should be liked by student and historian alike. As usual, McCarthy does a good job translating for us westerners. A must read for all martial artist.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92b03dd4) out of 5 stars Extremely informative work. 7 Jun. 2003
By David Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to all practioners of the Martial Art of Karate. Exploring not only his personal lineage but that of all the original styles of karate founded and developed on Okinawa, Shoshin Nagamine provides a great work and a first hand account of many of the mentioned Masters.
It is nice to know that historically correct information is starting to come out about the true origins of karate and of its' founders. It is also nice that a little bit of myth also surrounds those same founders. Shoshin Nagamine does well to dispell those myths.
By knowing and understanding truth from the past we grow today and prepare for the future. This reviewer is glad that Patrick McCarthy translated this work for the world to read.
Buy the book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92b850c0) out of 5 stars History for all Karate-ka 11 Aug. 2000
By K. Tooley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book provides an excellent history of Karate as well as some entertaining tales. We all know history and our recollection of it are selective at best. This book is an excellent blend of truth and tale. Regardless of your style, you will love reading this book from cover to cover.
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