The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do presents the lessons of legendary martial arts master Shoshin Nagamine, founder of the Matsubayashi school of Shorin-ryu karate-do.
Used for generations as a practical and pictorial guide, it incorporates over 1,000 photographs to document eighteen classic karate kata (preset forms) and seven yakusoku kumite (prearranged partner exercises), in addition to basic techniques. This book is a precise and easily accessible pictorial guide to performance and perfection of traditional karate.
The most effective book in English with photos of probably the most great prewar masters demonstrating the correct execution of Okinawan karate, The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do is a bridge between karate’s legendary past and the practitioners of lately. This intelligent and imaginative text explains the historical landmarks within the development of fashion, vividly outlines its leading forms and techniques, and recalls noted Okinawan karate men of the past, including the creator’s teachers Ankichi Arakaki, Choki Motobu, and Chotoku Kyan.