Here, for the first time, we have a full and accurate account of the development of Japanese Karate.
This is a powerful and fascinating story, illustrated with rare photographs and demonstrations by the son and senior students of Yasuhiro Konishi, one of karate’s foremost pioneer.
The founding fathers of twentieth century karate were Chojun Miyagi, Choki Matobu, Kenwa Mabuni, Gichin Funakoshi, and Yasuhiro Konishi. Under their guidance, the Okinawan martial art of Karate went through a period of intense development from wich emerged a purely Japanese form.
In the post war years university students in Tokyo added a competitive element to karate that allowed it to escape the confines of its culture and become competitive. This development marked the completion of its metamorphosis from martial art, to international sport.
- The history of the Shotokan and Ryobukai karate schools from 1930-1955 including many important, previously unpublished historical photographs.
- Training methods : Bogyo Rokkyodo ( Six Defensive Movements), Hijiate Roppo ( Six Elbow Strikes), and Tegatana ( Knife-Hand Attacks).
- Kata : Seiryu, Rohai, Jitte and Shushi No Kon.