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Okinawa Karate
The Exquisite Art

“Okinawa Karate: The Exquisite Art” exhibits all the hallmarks of a book produced in a more erudite age. The design is excellent and influenced by Renaissance conventions as can be seen from the use of the “Divine Proportion” in the choice of page size and layout. The quality of both the English and Japanese text is first class, the typography appropriate, and the quality of the historical photos, superb. A little research yielded the facts that not only were the photos professionally restored using the latest software but many of them were scanned from originals on loan from the families of famous karate pioneers featured in the book, such as Choki Motobu. The result is a level of quality and richness of detail that is never seen in the multi-generational copies we are all accustomed to.

This volume also offers a preface, a prologue by the noted Sinologist, Stanley Henning, a chronology, and a full set of endnotes in English and Japanese. If you are a connoisseur of beautiful books, a few of the following details will delight you. The hardcover has top and tail bands and is blocked with Japanese gold calligraphy. The endpapers are printed with copies of late 19th century scenes of life in Okinawa, and the dust jacket is wrap-around coated for durability. Finally, for the true collector, the book is supplied in a library cover and, I couldn’t believe it at first myself, there is a bookmarker ribbon bound into the spine.

This is an extremely valuable book that resulted from the cooperation of a consortium of karate historians, researchers, linguists and instructors on four continents. It contains information that is very important to all karateka, because it will broaden and deepen your appreciation of karate. In an age of mediocrity it is a thing of beauty that is, at the same time, useful and inspirational.

Don’t hesitate!

Hardbound with gold blocked cover, dust jacket and library case. Printed endpapers, 228 pages in international A4 size (8.27” x 11.69”), dual language volume ( English and Japanese). $89.00 plus shipping.

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Shotokan Karate A Precise History
2nd Edition

The second, expanded edition of this landmark book is now available. Like the first edition, it is produced to the highest standard, printed on the finest paper, and bound in the traditional manner as befits a book that is, and will continue to be, the ultimate reference to the art of Shotokan Karate.

As with its predecessor, this will only be available as a limited collectors edition, that will be sold by selected suppliers and not through bookstores, book dealers, or internet suppliers.

Price $125.00



Close Encounters-The Arresting Art of Taiho Jutsu
by Takayuki Kubota

Takayuki Kubota has, during his 30 year career, put to good use the techniques he developed as an undercover operative and special tactics instructor to the Kamata Police department in Tokyo, Japan.

Internationally renowned as the inventor of the side handle police baton and “Kubota Keychain,” he has regularly taught the FBI, DEA, and covert operatives, as well as law-enforcement instructors from many countries around the world.

The author has developed the latest, best, and most useful techniques in this book for both professional police officers and private citizens who face special risks. With such an arsenal, you need not fear any man.

Heavily illustrated instructional book of 170 pages printed on high-quality paper and notch-bound for strength & durability in the 6” x 9” format. Includes sections on nerve holds, the straight baton, angled (police) baton, Kubotan Keychain, unarmed techniques, civil disobedience, the armed assailant, special techniques, multiple assailants, handcuffing, finger printing.

The inclusion of police photos from the 19th and early 20th century, including a number dealing with the Jack the Ripper murders and the 1915 “Siege of Sidney Street,” makes the introductory section on “Yesterday’s Crime” especially fascinating.. 

170 pages - 6” x 9”

Price $24.95



Shotokan Vol 3
by Keinosuke Enoeda

Everything that one would expect from this powerful performer nicknamed by his peers at Takushoku University the "Shotokan Tiger." Includes Tekki-Nidan, Tekki-Sandan, Nijushiho, Gojushiho-Dai, Gojushiho-Sho. The best designed and produced book on Shotokan kata and certainly the easiest to follow. 104pp 8" x 12"

Price $24.95



Dyamic Kicking
by Masafumi Shiomitsu

An uncompromising and dynamic presentation of the techniques that made the author a feared adversary on four continents. A superbly produced master text that stands alone in its field.

These are mint condition overstocks, returned in the original unopened cartons by the distributor. 

132 page 6” x 9”

Regular Price $19.95

Sale Price $9.95



Ninja Death Vow
by Katsumi Toda


Previously $7.95

Special Price $4.95



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