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The Weaponless Warriors

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  4 reviews
An informal history of Okinawan karate and its growth, told through vignettes about its most famous practitioners, this rare chronicle is one of the most thoroughly researched histories on Okinawan karate, with rare photographs of the earliest pioneers of naha-te, the empty-hand style of self-defence. An essential addition to any martial artist's library.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 1st 1974 by Black Belt Communications
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Patricia Hamill
Nov 06, 2013 Patricia Hamill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are interested in martial arts, particularly karate
Recommended to Patricia by: my Karate instructor
I love this! I've been practicing karate for a few years and know some of the related history, but this book really brings it to life. It's a mix of history and anecdotal stories of those who contributed to karate as we know it today.

Also included are photographs of several of the more recent masters and of students performing various katas (forms). Although it was interesting to look through these, I didn't find the kata photos easy to follow. They weren't numbered or captioned, and without alr
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Stuart
Sep 21, 2011 Stuart rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young martial artists, martial arts enthusiasts,, martial arts researchers
Stories of Okinawan martial arts figures (i.e. folk heroes) and their practices comprise much of this book. Figures portrayed include; Yara (pp.9-19), Bushi Matsumura (pp.32-43), Itosu Yasutsune (pp.50-58), Kyan Chotoku (pp.59-63), Yabu Kentsu (pp.64-66), Itoman Bunkichi (pp.67-76), Matsumora Kosaku (pp.77-78), Choki Motubu (pp.79-83), Gichin Funakishi (pp.90-94), Kanryo Higashionna (pp.95-98), Miyagi Chojun (pp.100-104).

The martial arts historian Richard Kim first published this work in 1974.
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Graham
Jul 15, 2008 Graham added it
A Long Standing Classic: Kims book provides the reader with some very colorful tales and great historical background on Okinawan karate and its earliest fighters. The book is well written and well sourced. IT's not so deep that you get lost between the pages, although another chapter or two would have been nice. Kim provides some great insights into karate's ethics and philosophys, which many could learn from today. Although first published almost 30 years ago the information is still a reliable ...more
Steve Scott
A fun book of stories of some of the karate legends of old. Take it with a grain of salt...they're fun stories to share with kids, but mostly unverifiable.
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