Item description for Karate Masters by Jose Fraguas...
Overview Through conversations with many historical figures such as Osamu Ozawa, Teruo Hayashi, Kenzo Mabuni, Masatoshi Nakayama, and numerous current world-class masters such as Hirokazu Kanazawa, Fumio Demura, Takayuki Mikami, Teruyuki Okazaki, Morio Higaonna, Hidetaka Nishiyama, James Yabe, Tak Kubota, Bill Dometrich, Dan Ivan, and Stan Schmidt, the many threads of karate learning, lore, and legend are woven together to present an integrated and complete view of the empty-handed art of fighting, philosophy, and self-defense. Containing information that has not appeared anywhere else, the interviews contain intriguing thoughts, fascinating personal details, hidden history, and revealing philosophies.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.44 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2007
Publisher Empire Books
ISBN 1933901225 ISBN13 9781933901220
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Terrific Combination of Diverse and Seasoned Karate Teachers Feb 2, 2008
These compilations of interviews are the accomplishments of Jose Fraguas, who has gone through the effort of extracting and editing many of these interviews from their original sources (often magazines inaccessible to the rest of us due to date of publication or what-have-you). What a treat to read the thoughts of Morio Higaonna (pg 97) and Teruo Hayashi of Goju Ryu, Masatoshi Nakayama (pg 225) and Turuyuki Okazaki(285) of Shotokan, Kenei Mabuni (pg 165), Kenzo Mabuni (pg 177) and Minobu Miki(235) or Shorin ryu, European Karate Pioneer Henri Plee(303), South African Shotokan Pioneer Stan Schmidt(321), and American Karate Pioneer Ray Dalke(29)! Not to mention Elite Historian Harry Cook(1) of the UK, and The USA's own William Domitrich(pg 71) of the Chito-Ryu...so many names, such little space for me to name them all! Yet what a wonderful combination from a variety of respected schools.
Suffice it to say, if you are a martial arts history buff, you will have a tough time putting this volume down. You will enjoy Higaonna's truths about his sensei Anichi Miyagi as much as Ray Dalke's story of his break with Nakayama Sensei. Honest, eye-opening, and honestly, enjoyable! I often felt as if I was in the same room as these men, afforded the opportunity to learn from their experiences.
A terrific opportunity at an unheard of price. My only fault with the series is that the name of the original interviewer and the publication it first appeared in is left off. A bibliography at least would have been nice. Nonetheless, who could miss the personal histories of Fumio Demora (55), Tak Kubota (153), Dan Ivan (111), Kanazawa (127) and more? Absolutely worth it!
A must have book Apr 10, 2007
For those who are interested on martial arts, and specifically karate, this is a must have book. Great interviews with great masters. Makes you understand the essence of practicing karate.
Outstanding first-hand interviews Oct 31, 2004
A very readable and enjoyable collection of interviews with famous masters and exponents in the karate world. Alas, some of my favorites, such as Mabune and Nakayama, have passed away since this book was published, but Fraguas has done us the service of immortalizing their thoughts on karate in this great little volume. You'll find dozens of famous masters here, and it includes interviews with well known American and European experts (such as Dan Ivan, Chuck Merriman, and Ray Dalke in the U.S., and H. D. Plee in France) as well as Okinawan and Japanese masters. At the time of these interviews, many of these masters were already in their 50s, 60s, or 70s, and it was interesting to hear their thoughts on the evolution of karate during their lifetimes, as well as how their understanding of karate had changed or deepened with age. There were some surprises too, when I learned that Kanazawa had been studying Yang style tai chi since 1957 and was rated a master in it (he mentions there are 7 levels to Yang tai chi and he holds the highest level). He feels that tai chi has helped his karate, which was interesting, since I study tai chi and have found it useful to me also in many ways. Overall, a very fine book of fascinating and informative interviews with many of the most famous names in karate of our time.