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The Bible of Karate: Bubishi

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Philosophy, strategy and medicine as related to the martial arts, translated with commentary.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published November 15th 1995 by Charles E. Tuttle
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Cristian
Aug 14, 2012 Cristian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 武道, 空手道
Named "The bible of karate-do" by Chōjun Miyagi (founder of Gōjū-ryū), having been in the hands of some of the most prominent Masters Karate has had, and being transmitted in secrecy from master to pupils, it's not hard to see the impact this work has had in Karate (even less when you consider that Funakoshi's and Mabuni's publications included precepts from it).

The book is a series of articles, which Mr. McCarthy has reorder (but kept with the original number order in which it appeared) into 4
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Geoff
Jan 23, 2013 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. McCarthy writes like a historian, with a careful and critical eye. Tons of context and study here, and the author very obviously knows the subject and has deep respect for it. It's fantastic to see respect and criticism so easily coupled.

The translated text itself? Myself, I'm not sure I see the same value in it that the author does, but I think that experience will vary according to background and beliefs. It's certainly an interesting book for anyone that wants to unde
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Peter
Oct 07, 2007 Peter rated it liked it
Recommends it for: students of anatomy
More of an educational/historical read. This book has it all for any serious martial arts enthusiast: History, philosophy, anatomy, strategy, and of course, the vital point analysis. The idea is to disrupt an attackers normal body functions by a certain "touch" or strike to a specific point or points on the body, with affects ranging from numbness in the limbs, to unconciousness, or permanent organ damage. The remedies for all injuries are also listed, since it was necessary for any practitioner ...more
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Manuel
Jul 15, 2012 Manuel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lots of history and ancient writings that might be in the Karate genesis.
However, it is not a practical book where one understands the hidden meanings of a Kata or much of anything, really.
So, I ended up disappointed, to say the least.
Graham
Jul 15, 2008 Graham added it
good book: This is a very interesting and informative volume. The history, while a little too concise, is a good introduction to the bubishi itself. A recommended read for all.
Mazen Alloujami
Jan 09, 2013 Mazen Alloujami rated it it was amazing
Excellent translation and explanation of this classical of the karate-do from Okinawa.
If you are martial arts practitioner don't miss it.
Tim
Jun 09, 2012 Tim rated it liked it
A challenging and inconsistent set of historical articles, but Mr McCarthy’s editorials provide great context.
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Jul 29, 2008 Rahmat Romadon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: karateka(s)
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Buku ini juga akan saya pesan bulan depan berbarengan dengan buku Nintai td. Gak sabar pengen baca buku ini.
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a must for any serious karateka
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