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Bubishi: The Classic Manual of Combat Hardcover – 1 Oct 2008
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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
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I have my own private Dojo and I practice hard everyday...but I also read widely.....this incredible book is an absolute must have ....and constant study has slowly been laying bare the essential secrets of Karate
Learning karate without a noteworthy teacher is simply not possible, and trying to master this incredible art , without regular study, is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic...an exercise in futility
BUBISHI is simply the very best investment you can make ...
If I understand correctly, the Bubishi was/is a collection of notes on Chinese martial arts (Fukien and South Chinese, mainly) that was passed on in most of the major karate (tode) schools in Okinawa and Japan c. 1890-1940. Many of the sections of the Bubishi are somewhat enigmatic and probably intended as a sort of memory jogging device-How else can one explain the otherwise inexplicable drawings of an aunt and an uncle on a page?
The author comments there were many styles and schools of martial arts that had a single family or instructor with no heirs. This is true not just in China and Okinawa, but elsewhere. Can any modern day wrestlers point to (say) George Hackenschmidt in their lineage as a teacher, despite his place in European wrestling history and Physical Culture history?
The translations in this edition seem to be better and clearer, or at least the English is less muddy in places than the first edition. I found the descriptions of /kuen/chuan/kata to be illuminating, and wish that he had included a glossary of Okinawan terminology, or a trilingual Chinese/Okinawan/Japanese dictionary at the end of the book.
I recommend reading this in tandem with Mark Bishop's fine history of Okinawan karate-do to see that there are/were multiple roots and pathways for tode to be taught and passed down in Okinawa. Some development of Tode was native, some was not.Some points will always remain a secret.
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