Karate Kenpo: The Art of Self-defense is one of Kenwa Mabuni's early written works on the fledgling art of Karatedo and was intended as a general introduction to this art of self-defense.
Karate Kenpo provides a rare glimpse of Mabuni's ideas about the history and development of Karatedo on Okinawa. It also introduces the fundamentals of his art including warm-up, basic techniques, stances, training equipment and the fundamental kata San Chin, and the advanced kata Seiunchin.
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By Andrew Moorhouse
Dec 21, 2012
You may be surprised how much of these works you have already encountered. I have read passages or seen illustrations taken from these works in martial arts magazines etc , over the years. Importantly here is the complete work, rather than a single passage, used out of context. And that context is highly important. Mario McKenna is to be congratulated for his work in translating these works by Mabuni and allowing those of us with in the Karate world who cannot read Japanese access to these books. I can recommend these books to anyone interested in the technical depth of Karate or it's historical development in the 20th century.
I am delighted to see Mr McKenna's translation of this important text finally available as a hard copy. This remains one of my favourite early texts on karate. It is wonderful to read Mabuni sensei talking about his friend Miyagi Chojun sensei, and presenting his thoughts on Sanchin and Seiunchin. As a direct student of Higashionna Kanryo sensei, all students of Shito Ryu and Goju Ryu should pay particular attention to the works of Mabuni sensei. I have possessed the Japanese copies of these books for some time, but now thanks to the work of Mr McKenna, I can finally appreciate these works in their entirety.
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