|The best book on Okinawan karate history I've ever read|
The book pictured above, Karate 1.0: Parameter of an Ancient Martial Art. is an epic volume; an encyclopedia of historical events and characters brought to the page from the rich culture that was Ryukyu. It's an expensive book to buy but worth every penny; for this work covers ground previously unexplored by even the most famous of karate's historians. At well over 500 pages, the information is presented in such a way as to satisfy everyone from the most scholarly academic, to the casual reader wanting to know more about the evolution of today's karate.
|Andreas and me on a winter's day in Okinawa, 2008, about to ascend the ishi tatami|
I can't recommend this book highly enough. In forty years of reading about karate, I've found nothing to match the depth and scale of this volume, or the level of detailed information contained within it. If you consider yourself a karate historian, or researcher, then you need to have this book on your shelf, for without it, your understanding of karate's evolution will remain flawed. Invest in the book now, and open your mind to the real world of the Ryukyu Kingdom from which karate emerged....or remain ignorant! As always, the choice is yours......