At the center of this constantly evolving tradition is a bible, the Bubishi, one of the sole constants over the centuries of martial arts evolution. One book had such a profound influence on the development of karate that it has come to be referred to as karate’s bible. We examine this rich. Miyagi Chojun (the founder of Goju-ryu karate) referred to the Bubishi as the ‘ Bible of Karate.’ The name ‘Goju’ is taken from a poem within the.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Philosophy, strategy and medicine as related to the martial arts, translated with commentary. Paperbackpages.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Bible of Karate Bubishiplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Bible of Karate Bubishi. Lists with This Book. The book is a series of articles, which Mr. McCarthy has reorder but kept with the original number order in which they bubisbi into 4 sections: History and philosophy, Chinese medicine and herbal pharmacology, vital points, and fighting techniques, all of which count with an introduction from the gible into the history or context from where many of them bubishhi, commentary and translation notes from the author, etc.

It’s amazing the work that Mr. McCarthy has put into the translation of this work. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Karate-Do in general, its’ history, influences, mindset and even techniques and strategies, just don’t expect everything to make sense on the first read, since some of the information has been codified or even lost in the sands of time, and might take quite a few reads to make sense of it. May 09, Markus Wall rated it liked it. I enjoyed the parts pertaining to the fighting aspect quite a bit, however I was not overly pleased on how non-critical the chapters on TCM were.

We are in the 21th century, and we can be fairly certain that things like acupuncture and moxibustion doesn’t work. A more scientific approach to the subject would have been appreciated.

Apr 21, Des Paroz rated it it was amazing. Although each edition is based on an original translation, McCarthy has continued to research and refine the translations, and continues to add a vast swathe of additional, original research bubsihi the art and science of karate. It includes a bhbishi analysis into the history of karate and this writing, bubishk moves on to ethics, medicine acupressure and herbalismand numerous fighting techniques and explanations.


Kaeate 05, Stephen Simpson rated it did not like it. A horrible, awful, needlessly bloated and pointless iteration of an otherwise really interesting text. Not this worthless dreck. Sep 12, Lance Schonberg rated it liked it Shelves: This is several different books in one to my reading. Next comes the translations of the combat and technique sections. Finally, and least enjoyable to me enough to drag my overall rating bibls the book down at least a full starthe section on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology.

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This is where the book really shines and I would have been satisfied just reading this chunk. In the latter category, we range from the placebo to the harmful, and I think that range is present here. Temper your expectations in this part of the book.

The techniques sections range from bubisui to excellent. I binle wanting to present it as an historical document, but I would have quite enjoyed a little commentary here and there about how some of this eventually led to real medicine if it did and some of it was outright dangerous.

Very much enjoyed the rest of the book. Oct 07, Ksrate rated it liked it Recommends it for: This book has it all for any serious martial arts enthusiast: History, philosophy, anatomy, strategy, and of course, the vital point analysis.

The idea is to disrupt an attackers normal body functions by a certain “touch” or strike to a specific point or points on the body, with affects ranging from numbness in the limbs, to unconciousness, or permanent organ damage.

The Bible of Karate Bubishi

The remedies for all injuries are also listed, since it was necessary for any practitioner to learn to heal before learning to hurt. Some people worry about the misuse of a book like this, however, the information presented takes years of diligent study to understand and apply. This book was fantastic.

McCarthy writes like a historian, with a careful and critical eye. Tons of context and study here, and the author very obviously knows the subject and has deep respect for it. It’s fantastic to see respect and criticism so easily coupled.

The translated text itself? Myself, I’m not sure I see the same value in it that the author does, but I think that experience will vary according to background and beliefs. It’s certainly an interesting book for anyone that wants to unde This book was fantastic.


The Bible of Karate : The Bubishi

It’s certainly an interesting book for anyone that wants to understand the martial arts, but without all of the commentary, history and analysis I doubt I’d have loved this work nearly so much. Totally worth a read for anyone in interested in martial arts. Lots of kzrate and ancient writings that might be in the Karate genesis. However, it is not a practical book where one understands the hidden meanings of a Kata or much of anything, really. So, I ended up disappointed, to say the least.

Jun 02, Tim rated it liked it. Jan 09, Mazen Alloujami rated it it was amazing. Excellent translation and explanation of this classical of the karate-do from Okinawa. If you are martial arts practitioner don’t miss it.

Jul 15, Graham added it. This is a very interesting and informative volume. The history, while a karaye too concise, is a good introduction to the bubishi itself. A recommended read for all. Jul 29, Rahmat Romadon rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Buku ini juga akan saya pesan bulan depan berbarengan dengan buku Nintai td. Gak sabar pengen baca buku ini.

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