Karate Uchina-Di: Okinawan Karate: An Exploration of its Origins and Evolution

The book investigates the deep roots of Okinawan Karate and its gradual evolution and development prior to the 20th century, revealing important cross currents in the evolution of Okinawan Karate.
Part 1 defines the background and the historical field in which Karate developed.
Part 2 elaborates on the issues discussed in Part 1 and thoroughly investigates changes, trends and stages of progress that have been influential in bringing Karate into the 20th century.

The book investigates the relationships between Okinawan-te and the Chinese, Japanese and even Siamese environments. It advances the discussion of significant topics such as the Bubishi and White Crane, and analyzes the subject of Shaolin Monastery Combat thoroughly, as well as its relationship with Chinese Martial Arts and Ryukyuan Bare-Hand Combat.

The nature of transferring knowledge throughout history.
The components of Kihon and Kata, its role and its fundamental practical importance.
What did Ryukyuan-te look like?
Find the thorough answers to many ambiguous issues and topics.
Learn the little-known about the Origin of Authentic Karate.
Understand Key Points in Karate evolution.

The extensive quantity of material is supported by references to historical sources that are examined carefully and in accordance with their relevance and reliability.

The book traces and defines the characteristics of those who engaged in ancient Ryukyuan Bare-Hand Combat, their skills, the nature of their activities and the development of Ryukyuan-te, which became known as Okinawan-te, and then later became known as Karate.

The author awarded the honorable title of – Writer of the Year – By “The International Ryukyu Karate Research Society” (IRKRS)/December 2017.

Mr. Patrick McCarthy, Hanshi 9th Dan Director of IRKRS:“Remarkable research undertaken and produced in this work. The volume and extensive resources used to complete his publication is, without question, outstanding…
This work belongs in/on the bookshelves of any/every serious learner of the art…
Mr. Cohen had undertaken an enormous task of researching and documenting his lengthy study. I found his work intelligently weaved together the very fabric holding together the twin arts of Karate and Kobudo, along with its personalities, social, military, spiritual/religious and cultural events, that helped shape their evolution. Without doubt, this gentleman had produced an outstanding piece of work and worthy of high praise.
I did feel it deserved a hard cover, simply because of the value it represents…
Cohen wrapped up the end of each section with his personal summation. A really nice and revealing touch”.

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