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The Bubishi is considered, by many, to be required reading for any karateka. It is a collection of essays, recipes, and diagrams transferred to. Book Review – Bubishi: The Classic Manual of Combat. Hello, everyone! Tomorrow, Tuttle Publishing will be releasing a new edition of the. Treasured for centuries by karate’s top masters, the Bubishi is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine, and technique as they.

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No other classic wor Treasured for centuries by karate’s top masters, “Bubishi” is a classic Chinese work on philosophy, strategy, medicine and technique as they relate to the martial arts.

Book Review – Bubishi: The Classic Manual of Combat – Karate Obsession

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Kiri rated it really liked it Jul 24, Some of this content is questionable, with regard to its efficacy and legitimacy, when looking at it from the perspective of modern science. Articles on Vital Points. No other classic work has had as dramatic an impact on the shaping and development of karate: Teachers, Styles and Secret Techniques. Patrick rated it really liked it Apr 14, Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Following the essay by Evan Pantazi, it discusses the 36 primary vulnerable targets on the body.

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A part that describes herbs and herbal preparations, is not particularly useful due to the fact that it would be next to impossible to find a special Chinese herbal ingredients that existed at the time. Jars of dit da jow, a liniment for martial artists, made by Plum Dragon Herbs. Andi Amaron marked it as to-read Nov 07, Karate historian and authority Patrick McCarthy spent over ten years researching and studying the Bubishi and the arts associated with it.


Niklas I Olson is currently reading it Jun ckmbat, I have bubisni working knowledge of karate and a few other martial arts, and an interest in self-improvement through the martial arts. Manuzl I did find the author’s writing and translations to be thorough, and clear, I did not find the contents of the majority of the book to be very useful. There is more than one author with this name. One person found this helpful. It includes recipes of medicines and tinctures that modern medicine may disprove the effectiveness of, but for those with an combwt in traditional Chinese medicine, it can provide a very interesting look at how it can be applied to martial artists.

I’d go on and on about why a ‘serious karate-ka’ or whatever should own it, or how it can give insight into the ur-methods of kata design and technical interpretation and the training methods which spring from such understandingand a dozen other things.

This is a monumental work. The material that made it to Okinawa is primarily the bubisho, one-on-one fighting methods, as well as medicinal practices, and sections of it have been incorporated into a variety of karate books over the years, including works by Funakoshi Gichin and Mabuni Kenwa—the founders of Shotokan and Shito-Ryu, respectively.

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Adam Newhouse rated it it was amazing Aug comat, The Mankal is considered, by many, to be required reading for any karateka. This has long been a staple of karate research material, and I believe that it will continue to be so. A large chunk of the book is dedicated to herbal medicine that was both confusing and impractical. Rodrigo Troconis marked it as to-read Sep 28, The Bible of Karate: This simply must be in any library of any serious student of our art.


Moreover, he is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost authorities on the civil fighting traditions of Okinawa.

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Britt Freeman marked it as to-read May 26, Books by Patrick McCarthy. Part One of this book covers the history and transmission of the Bubishi, and karate, generally.

Overall, this book is very well done, and the additions provide valuable insights into the origins and development of the Bubishi. For those who already own an older edition of the Bubishi, it may not be necessary to purchase the new edition, as the majority of the content is the same, but even then, the added original illustrations and new content add to the depth of study possible with this classic work.

McCarthy’s work also includes groundbreaking research on Okinawan and Chinese history, as well as the fighting and healing traditions that developed in those countries, making it a goldmine for researchers and practitioners alike. I recently put together a video with my Sensei, Richard Poage Renshi, Godan, Shorin-Ryu Shorinkancovering some of our interpretations of the self defense diagrams in the Bubishi, which can be watched, above.