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The Secrets of Okinawan Karate: Essence and Techniques (Bushido--The Way of the Warrior) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Januar 2003

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A full exposition of the original form of karate, as developed by the Okinawan masters, is contained in this text. The fundamental and advanced moves are explained and illustrated and a guide to the undiluted and uncompromised character of this unique form is presented.


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Arakaki's Buch ist zum Glück kein weiterer Versuch irgendwelche seit Jahrhunderten verborgenen Geheimisse einer unbesiegbar machenden Kampfkunst zu lüften, sondern vielmehr der gelungene Versuch zahlreiche Mißverständnisse, die sich im Modernen (v.a. Shotokan-) Karate eingeschlichen haben, aufzuklären. Insgesamt wäre ein Titel wie "Bewegungslehre des Karate" angemessener - wenn auch nicht gerade verkausfördernder.
Beispiel Körperhaltung und Fausstoß im Ausfallschritt (Oi-Zuki in Zenkutsu Dachi): Die gegenwärtig praktizierte Form, den Oberkörper eher steif aufrecht zu halten und sich auch auf diese Weise zu bewegen hält er für verfälscht; anstelle dieser den Bewegungsfluß hemmenden Haltung verweist er darauf, daß bei der dynamischen und dadurch viel schnelleren Bewegung des Okinawa-Karate durchaus auch der Oberkörper in Neigung geraten kann und soll - weil genau dadurch das Gleichgeicht während der Bewegung erhalten bleibt und die hohe Dynamik entstehen kann. Die dahinter liegende Theorie wird ausführlich auch am Beispiel der Kata Tekki Shodan erläutert.
Andere Kritikpunkte sind z.B. die stereotype Verwendung des Shuto-Uke (Handkanten-"Abwehr") oder die Überbetonung eines rammenden Fauststoßes (den er durchaus für wirksam hält).
Dabei legt er kein systematisches Lehrbuch des Karate vor. Das erhöht den Wert des Buches meines Erachtens ungemein, weil es ihm so gelingt in übersichtlicher Weise wesentliche (technische) Aspekte des (Okinawa-) Karate herauszuarbeiten.
Unter der mittlerweile umfangreichen Karateliteratur durchaus eine Perle; vor allem für jene, denen das allseits beliebte Shotokan System an der einen oder anderen Stelle eigentümlich erscheint und die mehr Authenzität suchen eine Empfehlung.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Secrets of the basics 20. März 2004
Von Donald P. Jeffrey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I've seen good reviews and a bad review about this book. What the book is, is a manuscript showing you the technical aspects of the basics, the science of Karate if you will.
This is somthing highly overlooked and in most parts of the world, lost. You can not become a good Karateka without mastery of the basics. Here the author teaches you what you have missed due to constent watering down of techniques as it is passed from master to student throughout the generations.
Basics to Okinawan masters, secrets to us.Until now that is. keep in mind, this book as with all Okinawan Karate books is not designed for sport as much as it is (was) designed for combat.
Time to review your basics and get them right with this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well aranged Book, Compilation of Okinawa Karate Info... 3. Februar 2003
Von C. J. Hardman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I found most of the information here has already published in other books on Okinawa Karate. While there isn't a whole lot here that an experienced Karateka will find new, the information has been arranged well, and ascends in an ordered fashion so that the reader can understand one theory in the light of others mentioned previously. Arakaki discusses principles common to most Okinawa styles, and offers advice on basic techniques. There is decent historical information, and photos of some of the old Okinawan masters which appear to have been "borrowed" from uncredited sources (many of the pictures show cross-grain which means they were taken from other printed sources).
As with most Kodansha books, this volume is a work of top quality. The printing, photos, quality of the paper and binding is top-notch! This is a great book for beginners starting out in Shorin-ryu Okinawa Karate, especially those who practice the style of the author, Muso-kai Karate. For those with more experience, you're probably not going to see anything new here, and might be better served to consider Nagamine's "The Essence of Okinawan Karate-Do" for technical aspects, or Bishop's "Okinawan Karate: Teachers, Styles, and Secret Techniques" for history of various styles and the lineages of the various master teachers from "way back when".
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not Okinwan Karate! 9. November 2005
Von C. Hoshiyama - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Hello for the most part this book depicts Arakaki's personal techniques as he uses them for his K-1 type of fighting. He gives a decent explantion of Shuri-te's whiplike action, but adds alot of hogwash to fill the rest of the pages. I have trained directly with several very senior Okinawan teachers and still do. I still travel there several times a year and after 30years of doing this im by far no expert in anything. But I think the information should be in a Sabaki or K-1 manual instead of an Okinawa Karate book. Also he severly hyperextends his elbows in MANY of his techniques which is a NO NO whatever someone studies.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good primer on underappreciated core physical technique 21. Juni 2005
Von S. Chang - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This is a very good -- though not perfect -- book that presents key concepts of Okinawan karate that are overlooked not only by other books, but by many practitioners of Okinawan karate, beginner and advanced alike. Although it's true that these are "basic" concepts, they are "basic" in the sense of "fundamental" -- requiring a lifetime of practice and refinement -- and not "just for beginners".

The information presented here is not at all, to my reading, a rehash of that already given in Shoshin Nagamine's "Essence of Okinawan Karate-do." Although that is an excellent reference for any Okinawan karate practitioner (Shuri-te at least), Nagamine-sensei doesn't go into any real technical depth about the body dynamics that are really at the core of Okinawan karate. I'm not saying that Nagimine-sensei didn't understand these techniques, just that he chose not to share them in that book, perhaps in order to preserve clarity, or perhaps because they were likely to be poorly understood or misunderstood when described in a book.

Arakaki-sensei's book makes a very solid effort toward explaining these very subtle concepts, and is definitely worth a read for anyone who is interested in the physical underpinnings of Okinawan karate -- for many, even long time students, this will be a completely different presentation of karate mechanics from any they've heard/read before.

As for the text itself, the progression from chapter to chapter is logical and builds well. The translation is solid; the text of the the chapters themselves is occasionally rambly and could have been more tightly edited. A few of the references to science and philosophy are gratuitous, and occasionally nonsensical. Some of the photo sequences in the book are also hard to follow and look like they may not have been properly translated from the Japanese right-to-left edition (just a guess). However, despite these flaws, it is a worthwhile read because of its unique content and in-depth explanations.

Of course you can't really learn karate technique from a book, and this book is no exception. To really understand the concepts presented, you should seek out an instructor who understands the core of what Arakaki is saying (even if s/he disagrees with some of the trappings) and learn all you can. If you are lucky enough to already have such an instructor, this book provides a valuable perspective and reference.
5.0 von 5 Sternen The secrets of Okinawan Karate 19. April 2014
Von Mike Addison-Saipe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I have trained in Okinawan Karate for a little more than 50 years. Most books hold nothing new for me although some say the same things in a different way.That can be helpful personally or it can help when teaching. I have had the good fortune to be able to train with some great masters in my life and they have taught me much. My own research has then added to this.For all of those who are really serious about study
and application of that study (as opposed to keyboard and textbook warriors) this book is a must. It contains real gems which will need to be re-read many times and practiced in order to be realized as a true lesson. Initially another karate that turned out to be a valuable addition to my library.
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