The path of Karate-do can be a difficult one to follow as it is often obscured by clouds of distraction which can hinder the progression of even the most sincere student. This book is the author's... More > attempt to help part some of those clouds in order to assist with the journey. Covering diverse subjects such as kata application, combative mindset, self-defense, learning and teaching, conflict management, and Okinawan history; the author draws upon his extensive experience of real combat and in-depth research conducted in Okinawa to present a series of articles exploring various elements of Okinawan Karate and culture. Generously illustrated throughout with numerous photographs from the author’s personal collection, this book can be enjoyed by practitioners of all styles, whether beginner or advanced.< Less
This second book in the Essence of Goju Ryu series explores the principles that form the basis of Okinawan Goju Ryu. Concentrating upon the various Tachi Waza, Uke Waza, and Atemi Waza, this work... More > provides a host of Hojo Undo exercises and paired drills to assist the intermediate practitioner in adding greater depth to their understanding of Kata.
More than just a description of exercises, this work will encourage the student to find the subtle links which weave together the various aspects of Karate, and find the true value in its practices.
Packed with photographs, this work takes the reader back in time to see how legends such as Higashionna Kanryo and Miyagi Chojun crafted their tools.< Less